Motorbike safety workshops to be held in a bid to reduce number of fatalities
Suffolk Police is giving motorcyclists across the county an opportunity to improve their skills and become better and safer riders by attending a motorcycle course.
In conjunction with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Police is running a series of ‘Bikesafe’ motorcycle workshops in a bid to decrease the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured in the county.
Bikesafe is a nationally-recognised, police-run biking initiative focusing on education, and aims to improve rider awareness and rider ability.
In 2008 it won the prestigious Motorcycle Industry-sponsored Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for achievement and innovation.
In 2012, 24 people were killed on Suffolk’s roads, six of whom were motorcyclists.
All ‘fully qualified’ riders are welcome to attend the workshops, whether they have just passed their test or have been riding for years.
This year’s series of workshops start on March 15, in readiness for the onset of Spring when many motorcyclists will be considering taking their bikes out for the first time this year.
The sessions cover a Friday evening from 7pm, and a 9am start on the Saturday.
Further courses are planned only on the following dates:
- April 19 and 20
- May 17 and 18
- June 21 and 22
- July 19 and 20
- August 30 and 31
- September 6 and 7
PC Kevin Stark, from Suffolk Constabulary’s Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: “The response we have from those attending the Bikesafe workshops is always very positive. The workshops give motorcyclists greater awareness of the hazards they may face when out and about, and help them become better and safer riders.
“Last year, we saw a decrease in the number of motorcyclists killed on Suffolk’s roads, and we hope by running future workshops we can help to reduce this number further.
“No matter how experienced or careful you are, advanced rider training will improve the way in which you ride and increase your chances of riding safely, thus avoiding a crash or collision.”
The workshop includes classroom sessions covering topics such as positioning and cornering, plus an escorted ride-out session with a police motorcyclist who will offer an accurate and personalised assessment of the rider’s performance.
Furthermore, it is hoped that a first aid session will be scheduled on the Saturday afternoon.
The workshops are held at Suffolk Police Headquarters at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich.
Bikesafe is suitable for all qualified riders regardless of biking experience.
The workshops cost £55 per person.
For further information on Bikesafe workshops, call Hayley Batterham on 01473 613730, PC Stark on 01473 383395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, details about the course can be found on the Bikesafe page of the Suffolk Police website: www.suffolk.police.uk
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