This year's BikeFest marks the launch of the FireBike scheme aimed at improving the safety of motorcyclists in Hertfordshire.

Among the host of attractions at the annual event will be Hertfordshire's FireBike, a top of the range BMW S1000RR which will promote an initiative from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, as part of the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership.

The aim of the Firebike initiative is to make a significant reduction in the number of motorcycle riders who are killed or seriously injured on the road. The focus will be to persuade riders to take responsibility for their own safety by taking post-test and advanced training, ensure their visibility to other road users, wear protective clothing and equipment, and adopt safe-riding attitudes and behaviour.

The FireBike will be ridden by operational firefighters volunteering their own time and will attend motorcycle events throughout Hertfordshire to engage with bike enthusiasts. 

These volunteers are enthusiastic motorcyclists themselves and through their firefighting role can be called out to road accidents as often as they are to fires. They see on a daily basis the sometimes tragic outcomes of riding a motorcycle and will use their experience to deliver safety messages to riders and their pillion passengers.

Hertfordshire's FireBike will be joined by 12 other Firebikes from around the country at BikeFest, as well as TT racer Guy Martin - who will be holding an open forum during the day, Mondo Enduro legend Austin Vince and stunt rider Marc 'Sparky' Chennell.

There will be stalls for all the major motorbike manufacturers. Local companies and clubs will also be in attendance.

Richard Thake, Executive Member for Community Safety, said: "We have stepped up the effort to educate motorcyclists on the dangers of the road with FireBike.

"The aim is to make motorcyclists think about the best ways to keep themselves, and their passengers, safe on the roads. It is vital that motorcyclists wear the right protective clothing to reduce injury if they do crash. Also, by improving their riding skills and understanding that bikes are less visible to other road users, crashes can be avoided."

Stuart Pile, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: "Motorcyclists are proportionately more likely to be killed or seriously injured on our roads than other road users. We understand the enjoyment many residents get from biking and also the invaluable charity and community work done by local bike clubs. Our aim is to continue to work with them to ensure that their views are heard and that they have access to training and events aimed to help them stay safe."

Stalls, competitions, a raffle, trade stands and refreshments will be among the other attractions at the free event, to be held at the Longfield Training Centre in Hitchin Road, Stevenage, from 1000 to 1600 on Sunday August 28.

There will also be displays of police motorcycle riders and an armed response unit, as well as assessments and competitions run by Herts and Beds Advanced Motorcyclists.

Money raised at the event will be split between the Firefighters Charity, Help for Heroes, and towards making motorcycling safer in Hertfordshire.


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