A new batch of road signs have been installed at 'collision hotspots' to try and make the roads safer.

The unique signs have been placed at key locations around Dorset where motorcyclists have been injured.

Studies show that springtime is the most dangerous time for motorcycle collisions. From January – November 2023, there were 235 motorcycle collisions in Dorset.

The first road sign, “THINK BIKE” reminds all road users to take that extra moment to look for a bike, especially at junctions, where motorists find it difficult to see motorcyclists travelling towards them at speed.

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The second, “HAVE YOU BEEN SEEN?” reminds bikers they might not have been seen by other road users and that even though they have the right of way, being able to stop if a vehicle pulls out in their path might save their life.

The signs have been designed with input from more 2,400 members of the motorcycling community and have been produced in partnership by DocBike and Dorset Council, with support from Dorset Police, BCP Council, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and Public Health Dorset, making up the Dorset Road Safe Partnership.

Dr Ian Mew, Intensive Care Consultant and Co-Founder of DocBike said: “With the first bank holiday taking place this weekend and many motorcyclists likely to take to the roads for the first time this year, we are concerned that there could be a spike in motorcycle collisions.

“A lot of time goes into reviewing data from previous motorcycle collisions to identify the areas of greatest risk. That is why you will only see our unique road signs placed in areas where we see repeated motorcycle collisions in Dorset.

"If you are a motorcyclist and you see one of our road signs, just back off the throttle, let your speed drop off a little and be aware that someone might be about to pull out in front of your path. If you drive, take some extra time to look out for motorcyclists and give them plenty of space, accepting that this will be the first time that they will have ridden for some months.”

Tony Burden, Road Safety Manager, Dorset Council, said: “Riding a motorcycle is a fabulous way to enjoy Dorset, but sadly the risks do increase during the spring, so these signs are a reminder to drivers to take extra time to look out for bikes and to motorcyclists to be aware they aren’t always visible. Please always take your time and be vigilant."