Monmouthshire County Council will take action throughout spring and summer to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents and improve quality of life for residents living along popular biking roads.
The council’s traffic section will install temporary warning signs along primary motorcycle routes warning bikers of the dangers and nuisance resulting from inappropriate riding. The signs will promote safer and more considerate riding by displaying appropriate messages along roads such as the B4235 from Chepstow to Usk, the B4598 from Usk to Abergavenny and the A466 through the Wye Valley.
Councillor Bryan Jones, Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “Monmouthshire is a popular destination for motorcyclists and unfortunately this has contributed to an unfortunate number of accidents within the county as well as a source of nuisance to the local communities who live along the popular routes. The high number of motorcycle incidents within Monmouthshire is of great concern to the council and a message I often hear from the wider community along with the nuisance caused by the noise of the bikes and riders’ behaviour.
“We have listened to the communities and worked with Gwent Police to look at measures to improve this situation, many of which have already been carried such as greater enforcement campaigning along with a focus on specific road safety education and publicity activities. To supplement these measures we will be erecting temporary signs along the popular routes to emphasise road safety concerns and also to give a clear message to riders that they are travelling through local communities. We are asking motorcyclists to take care but also ride considerately and these will be the messages that we hope to make with the range of temporary signs.
“Motorcycling through Monmouthshire seems to be a seasonal activity and we will therefore take down the signs at the end of summer at which time we will listen to the community and reflect on how successful they have been.
“In the meantime the council will continue to look at a package of other measures to improve road safety and rider behaviour throughout the county. This is a big challenge and something that we will need to continue to work hard with our partners if we are to make a difference.”