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Rider skills course will help keep bikers safe on Warwickshire’s roads

August 15, 2016
The class poses in front of a truck during the Rider Skills Day. Participants got the chance to climb into the cab to the limited visibility the driver would have of bikers.

The class poses in front of a truck during the Rider Skills Day. Participants got the chance to climb into the cab to the limited visibility the driver would have of bikers.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has been to see for himself a safer riding workshop at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, which is equipping  bikers with the skills to keep safe on the county’s roads.

Run by ex-police instructors and advanced police riders as well as senior instructors from both RoSPA and the IAM, the workshop covers road observation, hazard perception, anticipation and planning, overtaking and cornering technique and includes both classroom and on-the-road assessment of riders.

The museum has been awarded £6,000 from the Commissioner’s Grant Scheme to help deliver the programme this year and the funding has meant that the cost to riders to enrol has reduced from £90 to £50.  Lunch and free admission to the museum are included as part of the workshop.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said:  “Last year there were 171 motorcycle casualties on the county’s roads and we know that bikers can be especially vulnerable, featuring significantly in the collision statistics, particularly among young riders. It’s vital we keep working to further reduce these numbers and this will be one of the objectives of my Police and Crime Plan.

“Schemes like this are important to help improve skills and reduce the risks of rider error that can lead to a crash and ultimately a tragedy.  I’m delighted to be able to provide the funding to make the scheme all the more affordable for riders and am pleased to see the workshops being so well-received.

“The tuition is extremely professional but delivered by people who are themselves riders so it comes across really well – a scheme for bikers by bikers.  I’d encourage people to consider booking a place at a future workshop as it really will teach you what you need to know to get the most enjoyment out of your motorcycle in a responsible and safe way.”

A further workshop takes place on August 27 – a few places are still remaining, so book online at www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk to secure your place or to register your interest for future events.

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