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First 2013 BikeSafe a Success

March 13, 2013, 12:50 pm

Sunday (10 March) saw the first Bikesafe event of the year in Staffordshire.

The event took place at Tamworth Yamaha and was well received with the riders who had booked for the workshop attending despite the cold, windy and snowy weather.

The Road Policing Team (RPT) ride in all weathers and would encourage anyone who books a place on any of the forthcoming events to attend no matter what the weather as it will allow them the opportunity to give relevant advice on how to ride safely in those conditions.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Tamworth, Councillor Tina Clements. Cllr Clements was very interested in the scheme and its aim to reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties. She was horrified to learn that motorcyclists account for one per cent of traffic but 26 per cent of those injured or killed in road traffic collisions.

Cllr Clements has offered her support to promote the BikeSafe workshops to encourage more riders to book in for workshops. Staffordshire Police is one of the only forces in the country that doesnt charge for this facility.

On the day the Mayor met the RPT and the proprietors, who made everyone welcome, and stayed for the DVD presentation.

Cllr Clements said: “The presentation made me much more aware of the difficulties and dangers faced by motorcyclists, and as a car driver, it has really increased my awareness of their vulnerabilities.”

The next event is a ‘ladies day on Sunday 7 April at Uttoxeter and there are still spaces left to book in.

PC Jon Edmondson said: “I would urge any lady riders, or anyone who has female family or friends that have motorbikes, to seriously think about coming along.

“The first part of the scheme consists of a DVD presentation on areas of riding such as cornering, positioning, overtaking, junctions and hazard perception. The DVD is an aid to demonstrate these techniques and how to carry them out safely, it also shows the consequences of poor judgement.

“The second part of the scheme gives you the opportunity to have a one-to-one riding assessment, carried out by one of our police motorcyclists on a marked police motorcycle. This covers in the region of 25 miles on all manner of roads in the surrounding area. The scheme concludes with feedback on your riding and a certificate of attendance to commemorate the occasion.”

The full diary of events is as follows:

Sunday 7 April – Ladies day at Uttoxeter Community Fire Station, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7BY.

Saturday 18 May – Foleys Motorcycles, 67/69 King Street, Stoke on Trent, ST4 3LZ.

Saturday 8 June – Stoke Harley Davidson, Victoria Square, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 4JH

Saturday 29 June – CG Chell Motorcycles, 27 Marston Road, Stafford, ST16 3BS.

Saturday 6 July – Staffordshire Triumph, 525-533 High Street. Sandyford, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, ST6 5PB.

Saturday 27 July – Suttons Motorcycles, 361 Watling Street, Tamworth, B77 5AD.

Wednesday 7 August – Uttoxeter Community Fire Station, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7BY

To register your interest and receive further information and a booking form simply email PC John Edmondson or PC Duncan Stephenson at bikesafe.staffs@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk or by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. You can also follow the Road Crime Time on Twitter @RoadPolicing

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