ACCORDING TO recently released Government casualty figures, the number of motorcycle casualties on Britain's roads are higher than they were a decade ago.
Bike casualties in 2006 in Britain totalled 23,326 compared with 23,133 in 1996. The figures aren't quite that clear cut though, as 'slight injuries' have been added to the overall total of bikers KSI (killed or seriously injured).
The statistics also show a sharp increase in the number of middle-aged men killed on motorcycles - riders aged 40 to 49 being killed or seriously injured almost doubled in ten years, from 709 in 1996 to 1,282 in 2006.
The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in the North East has risen by a staggering 54% over the past decade. In 1996, 145 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured in the region but that figure rose to 224 bikers in 2006, Department for Transport figures show.
The region showed the biggest percentage increase across the country.
The good news is the figure is lower than in 2005 across the UK - all except Wales, where the number of KSIs has risen.
Now there's some ammunition for Richard Brusnstom's anti-bikers campaign.