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Bikesafe course

What is BikeSafe?

Here in the West Midlands, our one day Bikesafe workshops are run from the West Midlands Police Training Centre at Tally Ho!, Edgbaston, Birmingham (next to Warwickshire cricket ground).

The course aims to give participants a greater understanding of the risks involved in riding motorcycles on today’s roads and be better equipped to combat them. You will have a lot of fun with other motorcyclists and get more enjoyment from your machine safely.

How much does it cost?

The cost to take part in a workshop is just £50 (non-refundable) per person. The workshops are limited to 12 riders per session. Our workshops are open to all types of rider with a full bike licence.

What does the day involve?

Bikesafe

The doors open at 8.00am for free tea/coffee and biscuits and the classroom element starts at 8.30am prompt.

The day finishes around 4.00pm. We ride in almost any weather except thick fog, ice or snow. Please ensure you have a full tank of fuel and either bring your own packed lunch or funds to buy your own food later in the day.

The workshop then starts with a relaxed classroom session, delivered by one of our professional police trained facilitators. You are positively encouraged to take part and share your experiences and knowledge. With the help of an interactive DVD we will discuss advanced riding skills and techniques based on the police manual of riding (Roadcraft), motorcycle control and some of the common causes of collisions.

Tea/coffee/biscuits and comfort breaks are provided!!

Lunch (not provided) follows the classroom session and you are then off on your observed ride out with either an Advanced Police Motorcyclist or one of our colleagues from the Institute of Advanced Motorists who are kindly assisting us again this year. During the ride out, you will have breaks from riding and your observer will give you advice on how to improve your skills. The ride outs usually last for approximately 3 hours (this includes breaks for debriefs).

The day concludes with a full debrief from your observer. You will be given a small goody bag of Bikesafe related items.

If for an unforeseen reason the workshop day has to be cancelled by us you will be given as much notice as possible and either an alternative date will be offered to you or a full refund given.

What do I need to take part?

On the day, please bring your UK driving licence, a valid MOT certificate (if required) and insurance certificate.

Please wear appropriate motorcycle clothing.

Glasses/spectacles/contact lenses if you need them for riding.

Riders’ machines must be in a roadworthy condition (check your tyres and number plates!). No refund will be given should the rider’s machine be deemed unroadworthy.

Who can I contact for further information?

For full details of available dates please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk or email PC Stuart Allen on stuart.allen@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk