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Biker down update - Henley-in-Arden - 22 December 2015

Thirty motorcyclists across Warwickshire took advantage of a free 'Biker Down' course recently (Thursday 26th November) offering potentially life-saving skills, which was held at Henley-in-Arden Fire Station.

The Biker Down course is delivered in partnership by a number of organisations who all have a vested interest in reducing motorcycle-related casualties and reducing the severity of injuries sustained, including: the Safer Roads Partnership, Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police, Midlands Air Ambulance, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service.

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Designed for motorcyclists of all ages and abilities, Biker Down is a free three-hour course which offers bikers the chance to learn practical skills to help avoid being involved in a collision, as well as 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. 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.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said "Although there is already a lot of positive work being carried out locally as well as nationally to try and reduce the number of motorcycle-related collisions and casualties, the unfortunate reality is that collisions do still take place and motorcyclists are heavily over-represented in collision statistics.

"The idea of Biker Down is to offer people the chance to learn essential skills and knowledge to help them cope should they encounter or be involved in a collision, rather than just information about the consequences. We believe this will bring about more of a sense of responsibility when out on the road and hopefully a change in attitude that will keep them safer, both in their riding technique and how they react at the roadside."

"Over the past three years, there have been almost 500 collisions involving motorcyclists across Warwickshire and West Mercia, where someone has been killed or seriously injured. Providing bikers with some basic information about how best to manage a collision scene and how to provide basic first aid to a casualty before the emergency services arrive could help to preserve life and reduce the severity of injuries sustained."

"30 bikers took part in the course recently and we received very positive feedback from all. This was the very first Biker Down course in Warwickshire and we look forward to running more next year, as well as across the rest of the West Mercia and Warwickshire region. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone interested in having the training to get in touch."

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Feedback received from bikers at the event included:

  • "Excellent three hours worth of info all in one place."
  • "Good course and venue. Very informative and has given me the confidence to know I could help at an accident scene."
  • "First class training."
  • "Course content was very good."
  • "It has reinforced the training I have had before and brought it up to date."

Biker Down is a national course which originated in Kent and has already been adopted by numerous other areas across the UK including Gloucestershire, Dyfed Powys and the West Midlands. Future courses are currently being arranged across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire and dates / venues will be promoted accordingly. Anyone interested in attending a Biker Down course in this area should register their interest by emailing info@srpwestmercia.org.uk