Deaths cut by two-thirds

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The number of deaths on bikes in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has fallen by more than two-thirds and now stands at the lowest level for six years, according to police.

Ten riders died across the two counties in 2004. In 2003 that number had been 33 while in 2002 it was 22. Hampshire Police say the fall is down to increased “BikeSafe” efforts. Police patrolled popular riding routes (including the A339, A272 and the A32) and held joint initiatives with other forces.

BikeSafe coordinator Pc Mick Gear said he was pleased efforts appeared to be working but that 10 deaths were still 10 too many.

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MCN Staff

By MCN Staff