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Motorcyclists encouraged to take advantage of local training courses to enhance riding skills

As the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) 2 Wheels campaign continues across the UK, West Mercia Police is encouraging motorcyclists to think about extra training to enhance their riding skills, as well as urging all motorists to share the road responsibly.

Motorcycle Training

Over the past three years, 32 people died and 353 were seriously injured in collisions involving a motorcycle in West Mercia. Unfortunately motorcyclists remain one of the most vulnerable road users locally and nationally, accounting for 19% of all road deaths in Great Britain in 2017.

The aim of the current 2 Wheels campaign is to raise awareness among all road users to improve driver behaviour but also to educate riders of the dangers of not having the correct skills, knowledge and personal protective equipment.

Motorcyclists in West Mercia of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to take advantage of two training courses locally - Take Control and Biker Down - both of which aim to equip them with practical skills and knowledge which will enhance their riding.

The Take Control course is available to any riders across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire who want to brush up on their biking skills, gain more confidence on their bike or become a better rider in preparation for their full test. The practical course is carried out on the road and is subsidised by the Safer Roads Partnership so riders pay only £50 for a full day course, which offers great value when compared to the usual cost of motorcycle skills training. The course is tailored to the needs of the individual rider, so is suitable for beginners and experienced riders alike.

Take Control courses are delivered by advanced trained and qualified instructors from RMT Motorcycle Training. Click here to find out more about the course. To book a place, call RMT Motorcycle Training on 01527 500 333 or email takecontrol@rmtnet.co.uk

Biker Down
Biker Down
Biker Down is a free classroom-based 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 courses are delivered in partnership by West Mercia Police, the Safer Roads Partnership, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) RoadSmart and Midlands Air Ambulance.

Places are still available on the following upcoming Biker Down courses:

  • Bromsgrove - Friday 21st June (10am-1:30pm)
  • Leominster - Thursday 18th July (6pm-9:30pm)
  • Peterchurch - Friday 16th August (10am-1:30pm)
  • Worcester - Friday 22nd November (10am-1:30pm)

A Shropshire course is currently being arranged. To book a place on any of the above dates or to register your interest in a Shropshire course, please email RoadSafety1@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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Superintendent Melanie Crowther for West Mercia Police comments: "Supporting this national campaign with local activities and increased enforcement is an important way of raising road safety issues among motorcyclists and other road users. Unfortunately motorcyclists continue to be over-represented within our road collision statistics and we want to ensure we are doing all we can with both education and enforcement to keep this group safer. This not only means specific activity with bikers but with all other motorists on the role they can play to keep our vulnerable road users safer. In addition, roadside posters have now been placed along some key routes throughout the region, highlighting 'Think bike', 'Check your mirrors for bikes' and 'Ride safely' messages".

As part of the NPCC campaign, police officers will be taking part in operations across the two weeks to enforce compliance of road traffic regulations and improve driver / rider behaviour.

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Issued by AH on 24/05/19.

The NPCC 2 Wheel campaign is running from 20th May - 2nd June 2019.