Motorcyclists urged to sign up to Cambridgeshire police course to improve '˜behaviour'

Police are encouraging riders to sign up to the next BikeSafe course, taking place next Saturday (May 21), to improve their riding attitude and behaviour.

Thursday, 12th May 2016, 10:41 am
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 11:47 am
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BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers killed or seriously injured on the roads.

The BikeSafe workshop explores the main riding hazards bikers face. It provides motorcyclists with further training around defensive riding skills to help improve their performance. This is done through theory presentations and observed rides.

PC Simon Burgin from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Road Policing Unit said: “Riding should be fun. By improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness it will make riding safer and more enjoyable.

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“The BikeSafe workshop will help riders discover their strengths and weaknesses.

“Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and for them road safety is vital. There were five motorcyclists killed and 72 seriously injured in Cambridgeshire last year.

“Riders need to take responsibility for their own safety. Sadly we have already had four motorcyclist fatalities this year, which is double the figure from this time last year.

“I have witnessed first-hand the tragic consequences of poor riding and seen families and friends deal with the devastating aftermath.

“You can never be too good. I encourage all motorcyclists to continue to train throughout their riding years and not just stop once they have passed their bike test.”

Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire motorcyclists can benefit by joining the BikeSafe scheme on Saturday May 21 at Cambridgeshire Police Headquarters, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon.

The day includes refreshments, lunch, a goody bag and a one on one ride with an advanced police rider.