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Bikers tell us their Tales of the Road

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is sharing its new Tales of the Road survey, which captures some of the stories from the perspective of motorcyclists.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Mark Matthews said:

“Our roads can be very busy, with everything from cars and lorries, to tractors and horses. We want everyone to share the space safely, but some of the experiences of motorcyclists reveal that’s not always the case.” 

He added: 

“We’re asking for all road users to show a little more care when out and about, to help us all arrive where we’re going safely. As one of the survey’s respondents said: We are fathers, mothers, someone's child. Be more aware of what's going on around you not just what's in front of you!”

About the survey

We asked how long people have been riding bikes, whether they have had a near miss or a road traffic collision and what advice would bikers give other road users. 

Have you ever been involved in a road traffic collision while on your bike?

  • 52% said yes
  • 48% said no


Have you ever been involved in a near miss on your bike?

  • 78% said yes
  • 22% said no


The most recent survey took place in spring/summer 2022. This information is being used to help develop better road safety campaigns using the seven themes we have identified. Here's what our respondents had to say.

Safety Theme 1 - Cars and other vehicles turning

“I have been cut up by a lorry turning across my path. This resulted in my bike being written off, if it had been later in the day, I would've rolled under oncoming traffic rather than down an empty road.”

Safety Theme 2 - People not looking properly

“Man pulled out of a junction on a busy dual carriageway. He hit one car and was hit by two others including the one directly in front of me. I had nowhere to go and ran into the back of the car in front.”

Safety Theme 3 - Road users stopping (or not)

“I had stopped to give way at a roundabout on a dual carriageway. Unfortunately, the vehicle behind me didn't stop and drove into me, sending me flying over the handlebars onto the roundabout. Fortunately, nobody ran me over, and my protective clothing worked effectively.”

Safety Theme 4 - Road conditions (especially potholes)

“Not given enough room and left the road after hitting a defect.”

Safety Theme 5 - Give me space

“I regularly am nearly sideswiped on the motorway, cars not checking to their side and moving into my lane.”

Safety Theme 6 - Obey the rules of the road!

“Drivers not aware of motorcycles when the weather is windy or rainy and unaware of the fact that motorcycles are legally allowed to filter.” 

Safety Theme 7 – Remember I’m human too!

“Car drivers have little appreciation for motorcycle needs for a safety bubble. Better driver training is needed to improve driver observation and anticipation.”

You can read the full 2022 Survey here: www.esfrs.org/tales 

Latest Update :
03 August 2022
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