Gloucestershire Police and their BikeSafe team are dedicated to increasing road safety, whilst reducing road deaths involving motorcyclists – both in Gloucestershire and as part of the national BikeSafe remit. Our Officers actively support BikeSafe and in association with SkillZONE we operate one-day BikeSafe workshops in Gloucester. These motorcycle safety days aim to reduce the number of motorcycle rider casualties by promoting safer riding and sign-posting all riders to recognise the value of ongoing (advanced) motorcycle training. We offer riders the opportunity to have their riding observed by one of our advanced motorcyclists. This identifies areas of risk and helps riders to recognise how improvement will make them a more skilled and safer motorcyclist.
Workshops are currently run with a maximum of 12 riders, who must hold a full motorcycle licence (Categories A, A1 or A2) and ride a motorcycle of at least 125cc.
Gloucestershire Police are fortunate to have the assistance of BikeSafe volunteers from the local advanced motorcyclist charities. Our volunteers, along with Police advanced motorcyclists, make up the team who undertake the practical element of our BikeSafe workshops.
To participate in a BikeSafe workshop, riders must bring the following:
- Road worthy bike (at least 125cc)
- Driving licence, insurance and MOT (electronic versions are fine)
- Appropriate clothing including an approved helmet/visor, boots with ankle protection, a motorcycle jacket and gloves.
Per BikeSafe terms and conditions, failure to comply with the above precludes riders from participating in the assessment ride and will result in their workshop fee being forfeit.
08:45 – Arrival and administration
09:00 – Interactive presentation. This will cover topics including hazard awareness, the system of motorcycle control, cornering, overtaking, junctions, group riding and filtering
11:45 – Lunch, tea and coffee break. Participants should bring a packed lunch as there are no lunch facilities at any of the workshop sites.
12:00 – Introduction to observer + licence, insurance and motorcycle checks. Observers then provide a demonstration ride before participants undertake their observed ride. The practical element of this workshop is designed to put into practice the knowledge gained in the morning session.
15:30 – Arrival back at SkillZone for overall feedback.