Motorcyclists Hit The Coast Road

Motorcyclists hit the Antrim Coast Road on Sunday 30th August 2009 at the Cushendall Boat Club and Car Park in Moyle District Council area.

Attending the “Ride It Right” inaugural event, riders experienced a day of serious motorcycle riding assessments with Bikesafe, with advice and feedback on their riding techniques.

Riders used the opportunity to ride out along the Coast Road section between Cushendall, Glenarm and Larne to fill in the Road Survey Cards to put their views across about road hazards on the A2 Coast Road.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service put on a practical display on how they deal with a motorcycle and car collision, with the British Red Cross providing “medical” expertise on extracting the rider from the scene.

Trevor Baird, Chairman of Ride it Right, said, “The state of the road surface and layout are important issues for motorcyclists and the information collected will be put into a full report to be presented to the Roads Service”

“Getting out for a ride on the road is about fun and freedom, but some riders may think they are riding on the edge and they may think that they are in full control.”

“However the A2 Coast Road is a public road and these riders just need to pause for a moment before twisting that throttle open to the stop.”

“All vehicle drivers and riders need to think about what can happen in a split second. There might be another rider, driver, cyclist, pedestrian or simply a pothole, just around the bend or pulling out of a junction.”

”So the message is “Don’t let the road beat you – Ride It Right – Drive It Right – Get It Right!”

The Coast Road event is the start of a vision for a province-wide initiative in partnership with the relevant authorities, for the promotion of road awareness, not just for motorcyclists, but for all road users.

Our thanks to Councillor Cara McShane, the Chairman of Moyle District Council who attended the event.

The Ride It Right partners are now looking to the future to see how they can expand the Coast Road initiative to improve motorcycling in all of Northern Ireland, especially on “Biker Routes”.

ENDS

Issued by

Trevor Baird

Chairman – Ride It Right

Contact

Email: enquiries@rideitright.org

Phone: 02842 757131

Mobile: 07747 604119

Notes For Editors

1. Full report and pictures of the event Click Here

2. Prizes were donated by Charles Hurst BMW Motorrad – PSNI Roads Policing £200 vouchers for T7 Ballymena and Millsport Motorcycles Ballymoney – Glens Hotel Cushendall – MotorCycleViews.co.uk – Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary – Ancestors MCC – Quay Vipers MCC.

3. In Association with: Moyle DPP – Moyle PSNI – NI Fire and Rescue Service – Red Cross – NI Ambulance Service – Quay Vipers MCC – Ancestors MCC – Road Policing Unit – Write to Ride – Roads Service.

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