Officers from the BCH Road Policing Unit are once again running the popular BikeSafe events this year, aimed to help keep bikers safe on the roads of Hertfordshire.
BikeSafe is a national police-led motorcycle initiative, aimed at working with motorcycle riders in a relaxed environment to raise awareness of the importance and value of progressing on to accredited post-test training.
The workshops involve an observed ride with a police graded motorcyclist or approved BikeSafe observer. With some local variation, BikeSafe workshops aim to cover:
Rider attitude to risk
Hazard perception and management
Use of gears.
Sergeant Russell Jones, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Every day in the UK there are 60 serious motorcycle related road traffic accidents – 16 of which involve life-changing injuries, with at least one daily fatality. Motorcyclists are one of the most vulnerable road users which is why workshops like these are so important.
“The BikeSafe workshops aim to help riders recognise the benefits of investing in ongoing post-test rider training. I highly recommend the workshops to riders of all ages – it’s a great way to refresh your skills and raise awareness of the dangers on the roads and how to avoid them.
“Our aim is to reduce motorcycle casualties by increasing riders’ hazard awareness and give an opportunity to have a greater awareness of their skill level whilst maintaining the fun and enjoyable element of riding on the open road. Motorcyclists will gain increased skills and awareness which can have a really positive impact on reducing the number of bikers being hurt on our roads.”
The workshops take place over two days, with delivery of a theory input from an experienced police motorcyclist taking place on the first day, and an observed ride with an advanced motorcyclist on the second day. Availability is limited. The dates are as follows:
Theory 12 March goes with Observed Ride on 19 or 20 March
Theory 13 March goes with Observed Ride on 26 or 27 March
Theory 24 April goes with Observed Ride on 30 April or 1 May
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