Increased motorcycles for annual road race

The annual ‘North West 200’ motorcycle road race will take place in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 14 May 2016 and police are appealing for drivers in the region to take extra care on the roads as around 3500 motorcycles are expected to travel across the region to attend the event.

These bikes are expected to use the regions roads, particularly the A75 and A77 trunk roads, as the riders travel to the ferry port at Cairnryan to attend the event and back, using the same route when the race is over. Police are warning motorists to expect high numbers of motorcyclists on these roads from Tuesday 10 May right through to Monday 16 May as riders may their way to and from the event. Generally the motorcyclists travel in groups and therefore are fairly easy to spot, however motorists should be aware that single bikes can suddenly appear and can be difficult to see at times.

Sergeant Billy McEwan from the Road Policing Unit at Stranraer said: ““Drivers should remember that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable, especially in wet conditions.”