Passing on vital information and skills
The BikeSafe training course is designed to address common rider errors that are commonly associated with the killed or serious injury statistics. Run by the Police, the BikeSafe workshop is designed to pass vital information and skills onto riders of any skill level. This plants the seed of advanced riding with the hope of taking further courses like the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS), IAM and/or ROSPA.
The day feels relaxed, and this provides an excellent environment to learn, the new skills and techniques passed on. With a mix of riders, machinery and a wide age spread, with every possible combination in the mix. BikeSafe workshops start with an introduction to advanced riding, with some classroom-based theory. Video and discussion are used to identify potential hazards in video clips. Most of these hazards have indicators in the form of road furniture which advanced riders are encouraged to look out for and act upon.
Immensely high standard of riding
Other tips and information are passed on from the Police riders who host the training. Their immensely high standard of riding and expertise gives beneficial information on lane positioning for the use of increasing visibility. Also teaching the safety bubble procedure for maximising the safe distance between you and any possible hazard.
When the classroom-based training finishes, there is a practical section on the road. I was lucky that my session was 1 on 1; however, this can vary due to course numbers. When paired with a police officer, there is a conversation to find out what sort of riding you do. This is great as it provides feedback to the type of riding you do. Whether it is commuting or pleasure, this part can be tailored to you and structured as to how to help you best. The officer follows, but soon enough, you forget about being tailed. It is essential to how you would typically ride if you act differently, then the feedback won’t be helpful or meaningful to your riding.
Should be undertaken by every rider
With intimate knowledge of road laws, the roadcraft handbook and the highway code, this really is some of the best rider safety input you can have on how to get more from your riding.
The riding route is often a mix of town, rural and motorways, handpicked by the BikeSafe organisers. Regularly combing technical fast flowing corners which inspire confidence but also gives the follower plenty of scope to see how you ride. There are frequent stops to chat, ask questions and address any issues that you may have.
I wholeheartedly believe this course should be undertaken by every rider, no matter of skill level. Even if you have done the course before, it is always good to have a refresher. If you haven’t done the course, I guarantee you will pickup useful tips. The course is the perfect duration to absorb the imparted wisdom, but without being too overwhelming.