A STRETCH between Wrexham and Nantwich has been named Britain's most dangerous road for motorcyclists.
A survey by the website Proud2Ride has revealed that the busy A534 between the towns is considered a biking blackspot by many riders, with cars overtaking on bends being a particular hazard.
Proud2Ride's survey, launched in August, was designed to give bikers the chance to air their views on the safety issues that matter to them, such as diesel or farming spillages and poor visibility on the roads.
David Bott, Proud2Ride's creator, said: 'Road safety is a big issue in the UK, but one we believe has always been focused on motorists. This is despite the fact bikers are 40 times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than a car user.
'These results emphasised to us how vulnerable bikers can be on our roads. Some can prove extremely hazardous to motorcyclists and motorists alike, but we believe it's vital to look hard at the relative risks. An area notorious for undulations, spilt diesel or farming debris might be an irritant for motorists, but it could be a life-or-death matter for an unprepared motorcyclist.'
The news comes just days after North Wales Police revealed that the number of motorcyclists killed on the region's roads this year had risen by a staggering 150% from last year.
North Wales Police Chief Supt Geraint Anwyl said the number of bikers killed this year has risen to 18 - the highest number recorded. Last year, seven people died as a result of motorbike accidents in North Wales.
But Mr Anwyl said in 90% of the cases it was the riders themselves who were responsible for the accidents.
He said: 'The overwhelming number of riders killed are white men, aged 35 or over, who die on left-handed bends.'
'Many of them are 'born-again bikers' with inappropriate skills and powerful motorcycles. I would advise anyone considering going back to biking to sign up for some training.
'What makes it even more tragic is that these accidents are avoidable.' Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami has repeated his call for warning signs to be put up for bikers and said many roads in North Wales had become known as biking blackspots.