Hemel cyclists encouraged to get their bikes ready for summer

Are you and your bike ready for summer?

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 2:35 pm

With the weather warming up and lockdown restrictions easing, police are encouraging the public to check their bicycles and motorbikes are roadworthy before taking them out.

The appeal from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces comes ahead of a national ‘2 Wheels’ campaign, which runs between Monday, April 12, and Sunday, April 18.

Throughout the two-week campaign, officers will be out on patrol across Hertfordshire, engaging with bikers and cyclists.

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Chief Inspector Simon Tabert said: “Bicycles and motorbikes may not be roadworthy after being locked up over the winter, even if they were good condition on the day they went into

storage.

“Tyres can deflate over time and parts can seize so it is very important that people check their vehicles carefully before riding them.

"It is far better to fix an issue before setting off on a journey than discover a fault while out riding and potentially be involved in a collision.”

While the Government’s stay at home rule has ended, people are reminded that they should minimise domestic travel and not take long journeys unless absolutely necessary.

As well as ensuring pedal cycles and motorbikes are fit for summer, riders are urged to check they have the right equipment and that it is fit for purpose.

Anyone interested in learning more about motorcycle safety can attend one of this year’s Bike Safe workshops which are delivered by the police and start next month.