Garda BikeSafe launched – today An Garda Síochána Roads Policing Division (Dublin Castle) brought BikeSafe back to the beautiful roads of Ireland as a pilot motorcycle roads safety initiative aimed at addressing a disproportionately high number of motorcycle related fatalities on Irish roads. Whilst motorcyclists account for just 1.4% of vehicles registered in Ireland, they have accounted for 22% of the fatalities in 2021 so far, with 28 motorcyclists losing their lives in motorcycle collisions between 2020 and 2021.
BikeSafe will be run as a pilot scheme from June to September 2021 by Roads Policing Division, Dublin Castle. There will be limited places available to 100 participants over this time. It is envisaged should the pilot be successful that the initiative will be rolled out nationwide in 2022.
Garda Adrian Corcoran , DMR Roads Policing Unit, Dublin Castle, said “As a Garda Motorcyclist and a Motorcycle enthusiast I know how enjoyable riding a Motorcycle can be. From my experience I also know how vulnerable we are on the road. Through our BikeSafe workshops we aim to raise hazard awareness and create a desire for you to progress to accredited post-test training. We will provide detailed feedback on the strengths and areas for development of your riding. BikeSafe is a relaxed workshop with the aim of making your motorcycling safer and more enjoyable. Seeing Garda BikeSafe launched is key to our commitment to Vision Zero.”