Police urging bikers to refresh their skills as spring arrives - The Redditch Standard

Police urging bikers to refresh their skills as spring arrives

Redditch Editorial 4th Apr, 2022   0

THE Road Safety Partnership in Warwickshire is encouraging bikers to refresh their skills ready for the warmer weather.

And it’s offering its one day BikeSafe or half day Biker Down courses to help them get up to speed.

BikeSafe is a national police run motorcycle initiative, aimed at working with motorcycle riders in a relaxed environment.

Its workshops involve an observed ride with a police graded motorcyclist to improve safety and reduce casualties.

Workshops cost £60 and cover rider attitude, collision causation, cornering, positioning, overtaking, observation, braking, hazard perception and use of gears.

Sergeant Shaun Bridle, regional BikeSafe co-ordinator said: “The enhanced training provided during a BikeSafe course leads to better riding and observations by riders.

“This in turn reduces the chance of bikers being involved in a collision so we are encouraging motorcyclists to take this opportunity to upskill.

“It’s not just about keeping you safe, better skills will also help you maximise the enjoyment you get out of your bike.”

Warwickshire BikeSafe courses take place in Leek Wootton.

Although April, May, June and July are now fully booked, dates are still available in August, September and October.

To check the latest availability please click here https://bit.ly/3wHSDo1 or visit www.bikesafe.co.uk

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service also offers free Biker Down courses that aim to provide the tools to help bikers if they’re involved in a crash.

Two additional Biker Down courses are being offered on April 13 at Rugby Fire Station and April 15 at Bedworth Fire Station.

Biker Down is a three hour course that helps give riders an awareness of what to do if they are first at the scene of a motorcycle collision. The workshop highlights what key things people can do to manage a scene, the science of being seen and also basic first aid which involves CPR and helmet removal.

For more information about the course and to book visit: https://bit.ly/3dMr1mq

Bikers can also see Bikesafe and Biker Down at the Adventure Bike Rider Festival at Ragley Hall from June 24-26 where they will be delivering mini BikeSafe workshops.

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