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The Safer Transport Command (STC) Roads Policing Unit will be running a joint operation on Wednesday, 20 November (during Road Safety Week) interacting with motorcycle and scooter riders with the aim of changing rider behaviour by informing them about the dangers they may encounter on London's roads.
This initiative will take place in Tower Hamlets and involves other partner agencies, including Transport for London, BikeSafe-London, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Driving Standards Agency, Cemex and Tower Hamlets Council who all have a part to play in helping people understand the dangers, and change riders understanding and awareness, thus reducing collisions on London's roads.
Simon Brown, Head of STC Roads Policing Unit, said: "Improving rider behaviour and skills through education and enforcement, has a major impact in preventing tragedies on London's Roads. Training will be available for motorcyclists to enhance skills, knowledge and hazard awareness, which will make riding safer."
Officers will be stopping motorcyclists and encouraging them to take steps to improve their riding skills through schemes like 'BikeSafe-London'.
An articulated lorry will be on site, allowing riders to take the driver's seat, in order to demonstrate how easy it is for smaller and more vulnerable road users such as motorcycles to become invisible due to poor road positioning.
Steve Burton, TfL's Director of Enforcement and on-street Operations, said: "Road safety is one of our key priorities, helping motorcyclists and scooter riders understand the potential dangers they may encounter and further encouraging safer road use is something we fully support. By all road users sharing the road space, being considerate and looking out for each other, we can help reduce the number of avoidable collisions on our roads, as we work to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on London's roads by 40 per cent by 2020."
The event, which starts at 16:00hrs, will take place at Anchor Retail Park, 123 Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 4UJ.