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Free Biker Down courses in Herefordshire

Bikers across Herefordshire and the wider West Mercia area are invited to attend a free 3.5 hour 'Biker Down' course over the coming months, offering potentially life-saving skills.

Biker Down

Two courses are available in Herefordshire, dates and locations as follows:

  • Leominster - Thursday 18th July (6pm - 9:30pm)
  • Peterchurch - Friday 16th August (10am - 1:30pm)

The Biker Down course is 3.5 hours long, and each course is limited to 15-20 attendees. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. All courses will take place at local fire stations and are being run by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Places must be booked in advance. 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: Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, 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 Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Dyfed Powys and West Midlands.

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.