Hundreds of bikers line bridge in memory of tragic rider

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By Plymouth Herald | Monday, September 02, 2013, 05:30

ALMOST 2,000 motorbikes gathered at the Tamar Bridge in honour of a young rider who died on the road in Saltash.

Hundreds of machines lined the cycle and pedestrian lane in honour of 20-year-old Adam Smart yesterday.

Adam's father David took part in the ride and spoke emotionally of how important biking was to the family.

His mother Kerry, accompanied by Adam's twin sisters, said he would have been "amazed" by the turnout.

Organisers counted 1,842 bikes rallying on the bridge and nearby car park at St Budeaux.

More machines arrived to join the Biker Think Smart rally before a mass ride-out at 2pm.

Adam, from Saltash, lost his life after his bike collided with a tanker at the Carkeel roundabout in the town on June.

Two thousand small wooden crosses lined the bridge walkway to mark the number of riders killed in Devon and Cornwall since the bridge opened in 1962.

Mum Kerry said: "Adam would have been absolutely amazed to see this. He would have absolutely loved it.

"The biking community is so friendly. They will always pull together. Adam was a special boy, he was well-loved by everyone.

"Adam grew up on bikes. He got his first when he was 17."

Dad David said: "He used to sit on my bike when he was a year old and go 'brm, brm'.

"I obviously thought about giving up riding. It took me some time to get back into it. But you would not give up driving a car if you lost someone in a car crash."

David took part in the ride and Sister Sarah-Jane, aged 16, who attended with twin Lauren-Louise, rode pillion.

She said: "Adam always said that if there was something that would take his life, it would be biking. It was just far too soon.

"I will be getting my own motorbike as soon as I turn 17."

The family, including another brother Daniel and sister Katie-Mai, have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from Saltash.

The wooden crosses, made by children at the town's Burraton Primary, will be formed into a larger cross in Adam's memory at his old school, community school.

A tree is to be planted in his honour close to the Carkeel Roundabout.

And his father is involved in organising a memorial game at the town's rugby club, where he used to play, on October 14.

The rally was organised by Darren Berry, chairman of charity the Cornwall Freewheelers and a road safety organiser for the county council.

He said the event was to raise awareness of road safety and collect funds for the Freewheelers – a charity made up of volunteer bikers who transport blood, organs and other supplies for the NHS out-of-hours.

Adam's final act was to donate his organs to save the lives of others.

Riders made donations to take part in the rally.

Darren said: "The biking fraternity really pulls together. It has all been done by word of mouth and social media."



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    By obrien19 at 15:50 on 21/11/13

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    Not all one-sided Brian,I watched in amazement as young lad overtook the car we were both following down Devonport Road on Saturday. If he'd been looking he'd have seen the concrete bollard in the road,seen that there was no safe way to overtake and also seen the Cyclist that he had to avoid when he realised he had the choice of cutting the car up ,hitting the bollard head on or colliding with the cyclist.Luckily the car driver was on the ball,I don'[t think the cyclist even realised how close to disaster he'd come.After all that the rider turned left then pulled over,worse he had a young girl on the back of his bike.
    I'm not being anti-bike,I was on my own bike at the time.I was tempted to pull over and have a word but was so angry I wouldn't trust myself,could have killed himself,his passenger,the cyclist or all 3.
    If anyone knows a young lad,I'd guess less than 20,with a Red Suzuki 600 Bandit,loud pipe,bent left hand rider footpeg,lop-sided numberplate (KKE something I think) tell him to grow up or get off the road before it all ends in tears.Adam's family have lost their son,carry on the way you are sunshine and you'll be putting yours through the same thing.

    By fazer58 at 19:28 on 02/09/13

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    Motor bikes are dangerous no protection what so ever . rip young man so sad . foxtor

    By foxtor at 17:19 on 02/09/13

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    Don't start a slanging match on here between cars and bikes this story isn't about that, We all know what others do, As a professional driver I've seen bad driving from both and a bike like you have described overtook me on double white lines because my vehicle wasn't going fast enough, Rest in Peace Adam Smart.........Ps It should be Biker Think !!!

    By cloverwasp at 07:50 on 02/09/13

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    I took my own motor cycle to N Devon and back this weekend and on 2 occasions cars pulled out in front of me and that's with twin headlights on, riding a big white bike and whilst wearing a high viz jacket. Think bike!!

    By BrianThomas at 06:36 on 02/09/13

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