TRIBUTES have been paid a biker who worked at Swansea Market who died following a road traffic collision at the weekend.
The motorcyclist, named locally as Stephen Collins, was on a blue Suzuki GSX bike involved in a collision with a Maroon Fiat Scudo van and a black Suzuki GSXR motorcycle on Saturday in Llanedi in Carmarthenshire.
The 48-year-old, who worked at Choice is Yours in the market, sustained serious injuries and despite early medical intervention died later at Morriston Hospital.
The rider of the black Suzuki GLX motorcycle sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.
The driver of the maroon van was treated for shock at the scene by paramedics.
Yesterday staff at the market stall said they were still too upset to talk about Mr Collins.
But floral tributes and photographs of him were left at the scene of the collision.
And people have put messages online. Keith Jones posted: "So sadly taken. R.I.P Steve" and Laura Evans-Phillips posted: "Sleep tight Steve."
Four other motorcyclists died on the roads of South and Mid Wales over the Easter weekend. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service has issued a road safety message to urge people to remain attentive on the road.
Kenny MacDonald, road traffic collision reduction officer said: "Our message is to remain cautious and vigilant while on the road and especially during holiday periods when the roads are busier. The Easter weekend saw a spell of sunny weather, which meant many motorcyclists were out on Wales' roads.
"Please remember it is easy to miss them, so ensure you check your mirrors regularly and be spatially aware when your car is both in motion and stationary."
Karen Jones, head of community safety, added: "We have some of the most scenic routes in the UK and this means they become very busy during public holidays and periods of fine weather. Our advice is to never take risks to make progress on your journey as this can sadly lead to tragic consequences.
"We would encourage drivers and motorcyclists to attend one of the many road safety events we put on with our partners to improve safety on the roads."
The service offers a range of Welsh Government subsidised short courses for motorcyclists and drivers to help reduce the risks. Young drivers can attend Pass Plus Cymru, Bikesafe, Dragon Rider and First Bike On Scene. For more information, call 02920 761306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org