The number reported as seriously injured also fell 4% to 5,350; whilst the total reported biker casualties for 2009 is 20,703 – again 4% down on 2008. This is despite motorbike traffic rising by 2% over the same period.
The Motorcycle Industry Association said police Bike Safety initiatives, intelligent enforcement, engineering improvement standards, and commitment from trainers to improve standards has contributed to a safer motorbiking environment.
MCIA CEO Steve Kenwood said: “Although there is still a strong concern about the number of biker casualties, year after year motorcycling continues to get safer in terms of the chances of having an accident.
“The report that the decline in motorcycle fatalities during 2009 is welcome, but we cannot be complacent about this – there are still too many people dying in accidents – we still have much work to do.
“The MCIA and the motorcycling community will strive to work hard to improve safety and ensure they get full government support for a more rounded approach to road user safety.
Reports confirmed that in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2008, 252 bikers were killed or seriously injured, and 849 suffered an injury in road traffic accidents. 65% of all injuries resulted from impacts involving a motorcycle or scooter at junctions and 35% of those incidents, the other motorist failed to see the motorcycle.
Lancashire County Council (in partnership with Lancashire Police) have launched a campaign to give motorists advice and training encouraging them to think more about motorcyclists; while in Norfolk, the THINK campaign run by the council, the three emergency service and the Highways Agency offers motorcyclists the chance to enhance their riding through additional training.
The number of bikers killed or seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads fell from 102 in 2008 to 93 in 2009, an 8.8% fall.