Awful weekend for our brethren in Wales recently brings a spotlight on our activities this year. Commiserations to all those affected. Before you start typing a typical anti car /anti Welsh police type backlash consider this: The skill sets and road appreciation needed to ride in rural areas are different to the skill set of riders from a mainly urban area. Also note some of the fatalities involve local riders who should have the right skill set. What the article does not say is that there has also been a spate of road fataliites this year involving car drivers. Our roads do not have run off areas. They do have tractors, trailers, caravans, livestock and distracted tourists looking at the views. They also have an older generation of drivers who will treat rural roads as a personal meeting place. They might also not have much traffic - but ride on the limit at your peril because the roads often have poorly maintained surfaces, lack of grip, high banks and blind corners. Sorry to sound pompous - but in a rural area we often know those involved in accidents.
Please ride safe.