STAFFORDSHIRE Police have announced the road safety initiative BikeSafe will be returning to tune up the county’s biker skills next month.
Bikesafe is a national programme organised by a number of police forces throughout the UK.
It is designed to bridge the gap from passing the full motorcycle test and taking on further training.
The initiative was developed as a direct response to the high number of killed or seriously injured (KSI`s) involving bikers.
Statistics have shown that motorcyclists are in the region of one per cent of vehicles on the road, but count for approximately 26 per cent of casualties.
Staffordshire Police will be holding BikeSafe events at its Stafford Headquarters from April to September.
These one-day events consist of approximately three hours discussion of the theory aspects of advanced riding, a lunch break and then you will spend approximately two hours out on the road with an advanced police motorcyclist where riding will be observed. Participants will have the chance to discuss all that they have previously learnt.
The course starts promptly at 9am finishes at approximately 4.00pm and is based upon emergency service motorcyclist attitudes and techniques supported by information already in the public domain.
This information can be found in Motorcycle Roadcraft – The Police Rider’s handbook to better motorcycling (ISBN 978-0-11-341143-6), Human Aspects of Police Driving (ISBN 1-901568-00-8) and The Highway Code (ISBN 978-0-11-552814-9).
Anyone who requires more information or who wish to book a slot on the course should visit www.bikesafe.co.uk and visit the Staffordshire page.