New data has once again highlighted the dangers riders face when out on England’s motorways and A roads.
Figures published by National Highways show 178 motorcyclists were either killed or seriously injured on the strategic road network (SRN) in 2020.
This equates to 77.86 KSIs per hundred million vehicle miles travelled – far higher than other forms of motorised vehicles.
The rate for car occupants came in at 1.75, LGVs at 0.7 and HGVs at 0.57.
While these figures make for bleak viewing, National Highways does note that the SRN motorcycle rate (77.86) is still considerably lower than the reported national average for all roads in Great Britain, which is approximately 179.5 KSI casualties per hundred million vehicle miles.
The SRN in England, managed by National Highways, comprises 4,300 miles of motorways and A roads.
National Highways describes it as ‘the biggest and most important piece of infrastructure in the country’.
Of the 178 KSIs in 2020, 16 were sadly fatalities.