Motorcycle accidents are reported to have increased by a massive 30% in the last decade as middle-aged bikers take to the road in their droves. Rather than young adults, it is men in their 30s and 40s who are now being held responsible by police and road safety campaigners, who are urging them to drive more safely.
A resurgence of the 1970s trend for motorcycles has possibly occurred as a result of the men attempting to relive their youth. Remakes of 70s films like Starsky and Hutch and Mad Max, and the immensely popular BBC cop drama Life on Mars, seem to have provoked memories of 70s and with it the much-loved motorcycles of the era.
This comeback could be partly due to the return to 70s culture in television and films. In the past few years there have been remakes such as Mad Max and Starsky and Hutch, not to mention the hugely popular original police programme Life in Mars, which featured 70s car and bike chases.
A 10 year road safety campaign has been launched after ministers concern over the high figures. Men in their 30s and 40s should be more cautious, say police, as they do not have adequate experience to handle bikes with powerful engines. It is thought that some have not ridden since their youth when there were far less cars on the road and they had to make do with simple mopeds and scooters.
Motorcyclists account for just one per cent of traffic but almost a fifth of all deaths on British roads. The majority of those involved are aged between 30 and 50. Because of their age many will leave behind families and young children.
Collisions at junctions and overtaking manoeuvres cause over half of all motorcycle accidents. The campaign attempts to make Britain’s roads safer by offering advice to bikers.