BikeSafe is a police-led motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK.
Its main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads. We think that riding should be fun and by improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness it will hopefully make riding safer and more enjoyable.
The BikeSafe workshop explores the main issues facing today’s bikers. It also explores the principles of advanced riding through the on-road element. The BikeSafe Observer (an experienced police motorcyclist) will give assessment and feedback which will highlight areas where the rider needs to develop.
BikeSafe is about starting on the right path to development as it ‘Bridges the Gap’. Riders should continue to train throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test.
Thames Valley BikeSafe workshop dates for 2016 are as follows:
19/03/2016 – Taplow
23/04/2016 – Abingdon
21/05/2016 – Taplow
04/06/2016 – Abingdon
23/07/2016 – Taplow
13/08/2016 – Abingdon
17/09/2016 – Taplow
15/10/2016 – Abingdon
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ACPO Roads Policing motorcycle safety lead, DCC David Griffin, said: “Whether you passed your bike test six months ago, six years ago or, indeed, 26 years ago, you can always improve your levels of skill to make your riding safer and more enjoyable.
“As the police lead for motorcycle safety on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), I sometimes come in for flack as being somehow ‘anti-biker’, but nothing could be further from the truth. I, and the several hundred colleagues who are involved in BikeSafe, are all bikers ourselves. We love biking but, sadly, one of the biggest downsides to our job is that we see the consequences all too often of where riders - irrespective of their level of experience - find themselves involved in serious crashes.”
DCC Griffin added: “The majority of these crashes are avoidable and all too often involve basic errors of judgement being made by the rider. Our aim is a simple one and that is to reduce the unacceptably high rate of power two-wheeler casualties on UK roads - BikeSafe has a real contribution to make in fulfilling that objective.”