BikeFEST 2010

BikeFEST event a great success - New video launched

BikeFEST, a specialist biker event organised by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Herts and Essex Air Ambulance proved to be a great success for the second year running. 

A new video has been launched following the event, featuring special guest; Isle of Man TT (Time Trial) Racer and all-round biking legend, Guy Martin. In the video he talks about his recent experience of crashing at 160 miles an hour during a race and explains why he believes he survived, giving safety advice to other bikers. 

The video can be viewed on the Hertfordshire County Council website, following the link below. 

More than 2,000 people attended the event, which raised money for the Air Ambulance and featured a range of stalls and demonstrations, including activities, such as off-road motocross and a slow speed control competition. Stunt rider, Marc ‘Sparky’ Chennell, gave demonstrations to show off his skills throughout the day. 

A DJ and a live band helped to entertain bikers and their families, as they wandered around the event held at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Longfield Training and Development Centre in Stevenage. 

Crew Commander Mark Burgess, who organised the event, said: "I am really pleased the day was a success. We wanted everyone to have a fun and enjoyable day, but at the same time get a very serious safety message across to bikers, and I believe we did just that. 

"The entertainment was fantastic, and my thanks go out to everyone involved. I really hope we can make this an annual event." 

The Air Ambulance was operational from the event all day, giving people the unique opportunity of seeing the life-saving helicopter up close and a chance to meet the air crew. 

Also featured in the video is a visitor to the event; Michael from Ware, who can be seen wearing a full neck and back brace three months after coming off his motorcycle on the Lower Luton Road. He has no memory of the collision but explains why he thinks he came off his bike, despite being an advanced and very experienced rider. 

Keith Emsall, Executive Member for Community Safety and Culture, said: "Motorcyclists represent two per cent of road traffic in Hertfordshire but 20 per cent of the total numbers killed or seriously injured on the county's roads. There are many motorcycle enthusiasts in the fire service, but through their work they can also be called out to the scene following a collision. Because of this, biker safety is a subject very close their hearts and this event is a great way to get in touch with motorcyclists from all over Hertfordshire to help spread important safety messages. 

"This video helps to reinforce those messages and the importance of simple things like wearing correct safety gear; simple measures that could mean the difference between surviving a collision or not."