Female motorcyclists head to Skye to film stunning road safety video

Bikers from the Evolution Women’s Motorcycle Club have created a special video – filmed on Skye – as part of the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland’s ‘Live Fast Die Old’ campaign to reduce deaths and injuries.

Part of the campaign’s Breathtaking Roads series, the stunning new film highlights the thrill of motorcycling and reminds motorcyclists to enjoy Scotland’s roads safely.

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The short film uses flashy slow-motion footage to emphasize the importance of considering the big picture and any potential hazard before making the decision to overtake. It urges motorcyclists exploring Scotland’s roads to “take the time to take it all in”.

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Despite accounting for less than 1% of all road traffic in Scotland, motorcyclists are over-represented in reported casualties. In 2020 there were 418 reported motorcyclists on Scotland’s roads. Of these, 16 were fatalities (17% of all traffic deaths) and 242 with serious injuries.1

Loss of control is the most frequently cited factor for motorcyclists, being involved in 19% of all accidents. Cornering and overtaking remain among the riskiest manoeuvres, with cornering accounting for 22% of all reported personal injury accidents and overtaking for 10%.2

Transport Secretary Jenny Gilruth said: “We see a lot of bikers on the roads, many taking advantage of the longer days and enjoying the incredible scenery that Scotland has to offer.

“The Live Fast Die Old campaign celebrates cycling, but we know that motorcyclists face significant risks on our roads and we want to make sure they practice safe riding habits – particularly when overtaking and cornering, which can be particularly risky manoeuvres be able.

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“I would advise all motorcyclists exploring Scotland’s stunning roads this season to take their time, adjust their speed and consider their surroundings before overtaking. Enjoy the ride – but come home safe.”

The new film coincides with Police Scotland’s motorcycle safety campaign. Biker and Deputy Chief of Roads Police Superintendent Stewart Mackie said: “We speak to bikers and other road users throughout the year, but when the weather improves the focus will be on motorcycle safety and educating all riders.

“Motorcyclists are more at risk than other road users. My appeal to other drivers is simple – get home safely.

“I’ve had a bitter experience of fatal collisions over the years and we all have to be careful on corners, especially left-handers, and think twice before any single overtake.

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“I understand the pleasure of cycling and exploring Scotland, but there is nothing more important than returning home to your loved ones safe and sound.”

Jayne Tollan, Chair of the Evolution Women’s Motorcycle Club, said: “As bikers we can be vulnerable on the road, especially when overtaking, so it’s important that we remember to take our time and take in everything that’s going on around us around before we do that We all love to drive in Scotland so let’s make sure.”

The Live Fast Die Old campaign is looking for bikers across Scotland who would like to get involved by sharing their experiences, advice, top routes and horseback riding tips with fellow bikers. If you would like to be part of the campaign, follow Live Fast Die Old on Facebook or contact us at [email protected].

To watch the latest Breathtaking Roads film and join the conversation, visit the Live Fast Die Old website (livefastdieold.scot) or the Facebook page (facebook.com/livefastdieoldscotland).

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