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Motorcycle safety

If you are a biker, you will have experienced the enjoyment and freedom that comes with riding a motorbike, especially on the many country roads that we have across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

However, the unfortunate reality is that bikers are heavily over-represented in road traffic collisions. Although motorcyclists and moped users make up only 2% of all road traffic, they are involved in around 30% of all collisions where somebody is killed or seriously injured.

Whether you ride every day, or just get your bike out in the summer months, our aim is to reduce casualties and make Warwickshire and West Mercia a safer place for you to enjoy the pleasures of motorcycling.

Read our Guide to riding safely​. 

We offer two educational courses for bikers. Take Control is a practical on-road subsidised training course for motorcyclists, aimed at bikers of all ages and abilities. Biker Down is a free three-hour course which offers bikers the chance to benefit from essential first-aid training and advice on what to do should they find themselves first at the scene of a collision where a motorcyclist is injured, as well as learning practical skills to help avoid being involved in a collision. You can find out more about both these courses below.

  • Guide to riding safely

    The safety of your bike, helmet and protective clothing is your responsibility and thorough checks are essential. Each year, thousands of motorcyclists are killed or seriously injured in the UK and regular vehicle maintenance checks, suitable clothing and good journey preparation can all help to increase safety on our roads.

  • Take Control

    Take Control is an on-road skills enhancement course that assesses your current riding ability and identifies areas of improvement to make you a better, more confident and competent rider.

  • Biker Down

    Designed for motorcyclists of all ages and abilities, Biker Down is a free three-hour course which offers bikers the chance to benefit from essential first-aid training and advice on what to do should they find themselves first at the scene of a collision where a motorcyclist is injured, as well as learning practical skills to help avoid being involved in a collision. The course is made up of three modules: Collision scene management, Basic first aid and casualty care (including CPR and helmet removal) and 'The science of being seen' - advice on visibility and positioning.