A85 and A828 feature in stunning road safety film

Motorcycling campaign Live Fast Die Old Road to the Isles

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The scenic A85 features in the latest instalment of the ‘Live Fast Die Old’ campaign by Road Safety Scotland.

The fifth film so far is called ‘Road to the Isles’ and highlights best practice for motorcyclists including overtaking and dealing with bends and unexpected hazards.

The film, featuring the route from Tyndrum along the A85 to Appin on the A828, has been supported by Police Scotland and Scottish biking organisations.

Bends and overtaking continue to be among the riskiest manoeuvres for bikers, according to Road Safety Scotland.

Bends are a factor in more than 20 per cent of reported ‘injury accidents’ and overtaking accounts for 10 per cent.

Latest figures show a decline in fatalities involving motorcyclists compared to previous years.

However, 519 motorcycle casualties were reported in 2019, of which 279, or more than half, suffered serious injuries, while 25 lost their lives.

Michael McDonnell, director of Road Safety Scotland, said: ‘The roads are busier at the moment as bikers make the most of what’s left of the biking season this year and enjoy the stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.

‘We understand the thrill of biking and don’t want to take that away, but we want to ensure motorcyclists are practising safe riding habits, especially when overtaking and approaching bends.

‘I’d encourage any motorcyclist who is planning to explore Scotland to ride to the conditions and always consider other roads users. Enjoy the ride, but get home in one piece.’

Live Fast, Die Old ambassador Jayne Tollan said: ‘The Tyndrum to Appin route featured in the new film is absolutely stunning and one of my favourite motorcycling rides.

‘I’m delighted to support Live Fast, Die Old and my advice to bikers tackling this route for the first time is to keep an eye out for any unexpected hazards, especially hikers, at this time of year.

‘If you’re overtaking, ensure your path ahead is clear and check your mirror twice before moving out. Finally remember to slow down and take the safest line on the famous bend at Appin.’

Outdoor posters featuring tips for riding bends, overtaking and being prepared for surprises – like sheep – on the road will be displayed at key locations on Scotland’s most popular motorcycle routes.

The film:

Alternatively, join the conversation about Scotland’s breathtaking roads by visiting the Live Fast, Die Old Facebook page