Humberside BikeSafe aims to provide a fun, relaxed, interesting and informative day to help you explore ways to develop your riding skills. It’s run by passionate bikers who just happen to be serving or retired Bike Cops and who are dedicated to improving biking for everyone.
BikeSafe is a nationally run scheme for bikers run by the Police. The idea is to help bikers explore their current ability level and discover ways to improve their skills, be safer and get more out of biking. Workshops are run in a fun, relaxed and interesting style. There is no pressure or expectations and all riders with a full/restricted power bike licence are greeted with a warm welcome. Whether you are new to biking or have been riding for years, BikeSafe can help you find ways of getting more from your riding. We work with IAM/ROSPA/Enhanced Rider Scheme and we hope to inspire all riders to take up training to be better bikers.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
If you would like to bring a pillion there is no charge. The workshops are limited to 10 riders per session. Our workshops are open to all types of rider with a full/restricted power bike licence.
The doors open at 8.15am for free tea/coffee and biscuits, the classroom element starts at 8.30am prompt and the day finishes around 3.30pm. We ride in almost any weather except thick fog, ice or snow. Please ensure you have a full tank of fuel and either bring your own packed lunch or funds to buy your own food later in the day.
The workshop then starts with a relaxed classroom session, delivered by one of our professional police trained facilitators. You are positively encouraged to take part and share your experiences and knowledge. With the help of an interactive DVD we will discuss advanced riding skills and techniques based on the police manual of riding (Roadcraft), motorcycle control and some of the common causes of crashes. There will be a short break between sessions for more tea/coffee and comfort breaks.
This is then followed by a ride out with either a Bike Cop or an observer from the IAM/ROSPA or the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS). During the ride out your observer will give you advice on how to improve your skills. The ride outs usually last for up to 3 hours, this includes breaks for debriefs and a grub break. The lunch break is usually at a local bike cafe or you may wish to bring your own packed lunch.
The day concludes with a full debrief from your observer. You will be given a certificate of attendance and a goody bag of biking related items.
If for an unforeseen reason the workshop day 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.
- On the day, please bring your UK driving licence, valid MOT certificate (if required) and insurance certificate.
- Please wear appropriate motorcycle clothing.
- Glasses/spectacles/contact lenses if you need them for riding.
- Riders’ machines must be in a roadworthy condition (check your tyres and number plates!). No refund will be given should the rider’s machine be deemed unroadworthy.
- Breakdown recovery is the riders’ responsibility. No refund will be given should the riders machine breakdown.
Humberside BikeSafe frequently asked questions
‘I haven’t passed my bike test yet, can I attend?’ No, unfortunately. This is a post-test training initiative. BikeSafe have agreed not to take provisional licence holders. A full, or restricted power, licence is required and you will need to bring it and insurance/MOT certificates. with you to show you and your bike are fit for the road.
‘I have a cruiser style bike. Is any type of bike okay?’ All bike types are welcome and catered for. It is the rider we are working with and all riders benefit from the content of what we offer. However, you and your bike have to be road legal. We have a common sense outlook but it does put us in the difficult position if you were to be illegal when out on the road.
‘I’m not very experienced and not particularly confident. Will I be out of my depth?’ Not in the slightest. The booking information you give helps us to tailor the session. This is a day to enjoy and enlighten, not to put you under pressure. All riders are welcome.
‘I don’t have leather riding kit. Is other stuff okay?’ Yes of course, leathers are not to everyone’s taste. However, we are a safety organisation promoting all aspects of safe riding. We strongly recommend wearing proper kit, manufactured specifically for the purpose, but we won’t turn you away as long as you are legal. Be prepared, we will go out in all weather conditions except thick fog or snow and ice. We will also go out, hopefully, in nice sunny weather. If it’s really hot, please don’t turn up wearing shorts and flip-flops!
‘How is the day organised?’ The day consists of 2 principle sections, an informal theory session followed by an on-road assessed ride. A maximum of 10 attendees will ride out with an observer usually in a 1 to 1 but occasionally in a 2 to 1 ratio, matched with your riding experience in mind or perhaps simply because you’ve come with a friend.
‘What about food & drink?’ We will provide free tea/coffee and biscuits on your arrival and during the morning session. The observed rides usually take in a local bike cafe for a break or you can bring your own packed lunch.
BikeSafe Workshop Coordinator
Contacting BikeSafe during the Covid-19 crisis
Owing to the Covid-19 situation, all BikeSafe workshops have been cancelled as of 18/03/2020. For full advice and information regarding cancelled BikeSafe workshops and our response to Covid-19, please click here.
Until restrictions on non-essential travel, social contact etc have been lifted, BikeSafe Admin will likewise be unavailable for anything other than critical support. Please bear with us and be patient during this challenging time and we look forward to resuming BikeSafe delivery once this crisis has passed.