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Free 'Biker Down' courses in Shropshire

Bikers across Shropshire and the wider West Mercia area are invited to attend a free 3.5 hour 'Biker Down' course in Shrewsbury, offering potentially life-saving skills. Four courses are available, over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 2019:

Biker Down
  • Saturday 9th March AM (09:30 to 13:00)
  • Saturday 9th March PM (14:00 to 17:30)
  • Sunday 10th March AM (09:30 to 13:00)
  • Sunday 10th March PM (14:00-17:30)

The Biker Down course is 3.5 hours long, and each course is limited to 20-25 attendees. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All courses will take place at Shrewsbury Fire Station but places must be booked in advance. It is only necessary to attend one of the listed courses. Full details will be provided to course attendees once their place is confirmed.

The Biker Down course is being 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: Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Safer Roads Partnership in Warwickshire and West Mercia, West Mercia Police, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) RoadSmart and Midlands Air Ambulance.

Designed for motorcyclists of all ages and abilities, Biker Down is a free 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.

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 West Midlands. 2019 courses in Worcestershire and Herefordshire are currently being arranged and dates / venues will be promoted accordingly.

To book a place on one of these courses, please email Roadsafety1@westmercia.pnn.police.uk with your details (name, email address, contact telephone number, preferred course date / time) as soon as possible. Or call 01905 331323 if you have any queries.