Police Urge Bikers To Sign Up To Course

Motorcyclists in Dorset are being encouraged to sign up to this year’s BikeSafe course – as it might teach them something that could save their life.

BikeSafe course dates for 2011 have now been unveiled, with courses being run in the north, east and west of the county for motorcyclists with bikes that have an engine size of at least 250cc.

The course is in two parts. The first part is a theory presentation that will highlight the causes of accidents and the theory of advanced riding. The second part of the course is an assessed ride on Dorset’s roads.

The course is subsidised by Dorset County Council, and therefore only costs £20 – this is half the price compared to the 2010 fee.

Police Constable Chris Smith, BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said:

“The BikeSafe course gives riders the opportunity to gain the skills that could one day save their life.

“It’s a great opportunity for bikers to gain advice and tips on subjects like cornering, positioning, overtaking and hazard perception.

“Bikers will be taught and assessed by Dorset Police riders who are genuinely passionate about motorcycling.”

BikeSafe courses will be running between April and September this year in Wimborne, Weymouth, North Dorset and West Bay.

For full details about the times and locations of the courses, and to book a place on the course, please visit the national BikeSafe website: www.bikesafe.co.uk.

More details about the course can also be found on the Dorset Police website: www.dorset.police.uk.

PC Smith continued:

“BikeSafe is aimed at bikers living in Dorset or riders that use our wonderful biking roads.

“We want to reduce motorcycle accidents and casualties by engaging with bikers.

“Our assessors know how bike accidents happen because we are the people that attend the scenes. We can use this experience to help bikers see where they are going wrong and what they can do to improve their safety on the road.”