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.
Currently, the Greater Manchester Police BikeSafe team run their workshops from the Veterans Garage in Eccles [directions], which in just off Liverpool Road – adjacent to City Airport (Barton). This convenient venue offers tea/coffee and some food options. We encourage you to arrive early enough to enjoy a cuppa and the facilities before your observed ride.
For maximum flexibility and to allow as many riders as possible to benefit from a police-led observed ride, we first invite you to attend a live online BikeSafe theory class with one of our officers. This online session will usually be held between the hours of 19:00 and 21:00 on a weekday. Ideally, you will need to complete your online theory class before your observed ride.
When you book, you will also be given immediate access to nine essential eLearning videos. These cover: attitude, IPSGA, cornering, overtaking, group riding, junctions, hazards, observation and filtering. Your observed ride feedback will be aligned to these core aspects of roadcraft.
With your eLearning and theory class complete, your observed ride will start at either 10:00 or 13:00. We aim to spend between two and three hours on the road, with a ratio of one observer to no more than two motorcyclists. We will alternate having one motorcyclist at the front and one motorcyclist to the rear. We will hold a number of road-side debriefs and conclude with a more comprehensive debrief at the end of your observed ride.
Our primary aim is to identify one or two key areas of your riding, that if improved, would significantly enhance your skills, safety and enjoyment on two-wheels.
Furthermore, we will always signpost you towards further development opportunities, including advanced rider qualification with IAM RoadSmart, RoSPA, BMF and/or the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme. All have something to offer and we will recommend the best option for you, based on your observed ride and your personal needs.
If you would like to bring a pillion there is no charge. Our workshops are open to all riders of machines from 125cc and up with a full motorcycle licence.
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.