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Greater Manchester BikeSafe

Greater Manchester Police are proud to be part of BikeSafe and are fully committed to promoting and delivering the workshops. BikeSafe will provide you with more knowledge to improve your riding skills and to assist in making you a better and safer rider. It will also provide you with an insight into what other training courses are available to improve your riding.

We run our Greater Manchester BikeSafe sessions all year round and it is the intention to not only provide a BikeSafe session to those riders who prefer only to ride in the summer but to riders who ride all year round. By doing this riders will have greater flexibility in choosing when they want to do their session in particular if they have a certain anxiety about riding in conditions when the roads are wet.

As Police motorcyclists in Greater Manchester Police we know that it is our training that keeps us safe. We recommend that all motorcyclists should invest in themselves and their own safety by taking part in these informal educational sessions to improve their riding ability. BikeSafe is the first step towards safer, more fulfilling and hopefully lifelong riding. Greater Manchester Police has a team of 12 Police Officers all of whom are advanced Police motorcyclists, they have all recently passed their National Observers qualification run by the IAM and MCR500. They are all highly motivated, professional and enthusiastic to help and encourage you. We are also supported by six National Instructors/Observers from the Institute of Advanced Motorists and MCR 500, who are all Police Support Volunteers.

Workshop content

If you would like to bring a pillion there is no charge.  The workshops are limited to 14 riders per session, and our workshops are open to all riders of machines from 125cc & up with a full motorcycle licence.  All riders will be given a free goody bag.

The day will begin at 08:30 when you will be met by the course facilitators, and there will be a chance to have a free cup of coffee or tea and biscuits.  The format of the workshop is a classroom session in the morning delivered by one of our professional police trained facilitator.  The session is interactive where you will look at videos on a DVD package and have the opportunity to discuss advanced riding skills and techniques based on the police manual of riding (Roadcraft).  You are positively encouraged to take part in this session and share your experiences and knowledge, which will benefit the group.

The morning session will finish around 12:30, there will be time for a comfort break and some lunch, please either bring lunch with you or use the shops nearby.  You can eat lunch in the classroom if you wish.

The afternoon session will commence at 1300, where you will be given an introduction in how to deal with a casualty at the scene of a road traffic collision.  This will be followed by a ride out, which will usually last up to 2 hours including a briefing and debrief session.  This is usually based on a 1 to 1 ratio but can at times be 2 to 1 depending on the availability of the observers.

During the ride out you will be given advice and feedback on improving your skills and how specific areas of your riding could be improved. If for an unforeseen reason the workshop has to be cancelled by us you will be given as much notice as possible and either an alternative date will be offered to you or a full refund given.

Rider requirements

On the day, please bring your UK driving licence, valid MOT certificate if the motorcycle requires an MOT and a valid insurance certificate to cover you to ride that motorcycle. Please wear appropriate motorcycle clothing (if not you will not be allowed to ride). Riders machines must be in a roadworthy condition (check your tyres and number plates).  No refund will be given should the riders machine be deemed unroadworthy or the rider is not wearing the appropriate motorcycle clothing. Breakdown recovery is the “riders” responsibility.  No refund will be given should the riders machine breakdown.

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