Bikers back to school for Cumbria Police safety campaign

The Westmorland Gazette: Bikers back to school for Cumbria Police safety campaign Bikers back to school for Cumbria Police safety campaign

BIKERS are being asked to improve their safety on the road through education.

The Cumbria Police campaign BikeSafe has been running for a number of years but over the next six months there will be six workshops across the county.

Sergeant Jo House, who is the Constabulary’s BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said: “BikeSafe aims to bridge the gap between having a licence and getting structured training.

“Regardless of how much or how many years’ experience you have, there is always something to learn when it comes to staying safe on two wheels.

“Motorcycles are classed as vulnerable road users and that is brought into perspective with the fact that already this year we have had five motorcycle fatalities across the county.”

This follows the recent deaths of four bikers on Cumbria’s roads which all happened within the space of two-and-a-half hours on Sunday March 30.

Figures reveal that motorbike fatalities on the roads are already on the rise from three in 2010 to nine in 2012.

Sgt House added: “Any death on the road is tragic and we are passionate about educating riders about road safety.

“Anything that you can do to improve your chances of staying safe has got to be worth a go.”

BikeSafe is a national police initiative run by many of the forces across the UK. For just a £10 booking fee, riders can enjoy a full day workshop hosted by Police advanced motorcyclists.

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The workshop covers theoretical elements of road safety using video footage and animated clips to show just how easy it can be to spot the hazards and avoid dangers.

Also included is an on-road observed ride which will provide riders with feedback regarding their riding skills.

“The day is informal and relaxed and riders are encouraged to participate in discussions to promote thinking around road safety.

“As police riders we undergo refresher training and it is important to have an objective look at how you ride and make suggestions for improvement,” continued Sgt House.

All workshops this year will be held in Kendal, Carlisle or Workington Fire and Rescue community centres.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “Road safety is a key priority for Cumbria Constabulary to tackle, and education has a key role to play in this area.

“Sadly in Cumbria we have had a number of fatal accidents recently involving motorcyclists, so this initiative is very timely.”

For more information and to book call 08444 151206 or visit www.bikesafe.co.uk

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