A road safety campaign was launched on Tuesday ahead of the forthcoming Festival of Motorcycling fortnight, which starts on Saturday.
The Department of Infrastructure’s joint initiative with the Isle of Man Constabulary continues the themes highlighted during this year’s TT, with the slogan ‘Don’t bin it. For everyone’s sake slow down.’
The campaign encourages visiting and local bikers to respect the island’s roads, keep their speeds down and ride within their capabilities.
Several thousand visitors are expected to travel to the island for the event, resulting in a big increase in the volume of traffic on local roads.
The message ‘Don’t bin it’ is a play on the phrase used by bikers to refer to crashing. Posters featuring an image of a motorcycle in a wheelie bin will be displayed at a range of locations and venues ahead of the Festival of Motorcycling, which includes the manx Grand Prix and Classic TT and gets under way with the first practice session on Saturday evening.
The campaign will be supported by further use of imagery used during the TT Festival showing a visitor arriving in the Isle of Man on his bike but heading home of crutches, with the strapline ‘Biker to foot passenger’.
Manx police will once again have a strong presence during the Festival of Motorcycling to enforce the rules of the road.
Unmarked police cars and motorcycles will be on patrol.
Sergeant Allan Thompson, head of the roads policing unit, said: ‘Unlike the TT period, the Mountain Road will remain open to two-way traffic during the Festival of Motorcycling.
‘We would encourage people to get to their spectator points in good time and avoid any last-minute rush before roads close.’
He added: ‘It is important to respect the roads at all times and pay attention to speed limits, road conditions and other road users.
‘We want people to have fun, but also to stay safe.’
John Houghton MHK, Department of Infrastructure member with responsibility for highway services, said: ‘We hope everyone will heed the campaign message and go home with fond memories of their time in the Isle of Man.’