Merseyside BikeSafe is an initiative designed to help lower the number of motorcycle rider casualties. By passing on their knowledge, skills and experience, Police motorcyclists can help you become a safer more competent rider. Riders from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), provide support with the delivery of our BikeSafe courses. They help you to increase your ability and confidence, so you can get even more enjoyment from riding your motorcycle.
Why attend BikeSafe Merseyside?
We believe that motorcycling is exciting and great fun, it can also be a relatively cheap and convenient way to commute too, with many machines giving good fuel economy – even in towns, and parking is often free if you look for it. Undoubtedly however, motorcycling is much more dangerous than driving say a car. Riders are more exposed – not only to the elements but also to being more seriously injured if they are involved in a collision. Over 300 Merseyside bikers are injured on our roads each year, though this is being reduced even as motorcycle growth continues to increase.
Whilst the cause of a collision is not always the riders’ fault – as trained police motorcyclists we understand the risks and potential hazards from being a biker and believe that additional training can really help riders reduce the risk of being involved in a crash. Bikesafe is a nationally run scheme for bikers run by the police in many force areas. Merseyside were one of the early adopters of the scheme, setting up Merseyside Bikesafe in 2005. We understand the importance of running our 2-day ‘Bridging the Gap’ workshops in a relaxed, fun but interesting style and have a great venue at the Emergency Services Training College in Birkenhead which also provides easy access to some great roads for our observed ride-outs.
There’s no pressure or expectation to ‘perform’ whether you are new to biking or have many years of riding experience and there is always something new to learn. Our presenters and observers are all bikers in our own time too with a good understanding of what makes bikers ‘tick’. We work closely with IAM Roadsmart, RoSPA (RoADAR) and the DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme to deliver our workshops. We get great feedback from riders and hope to encourage riders to continue further training and get more from their riding.
After introductions and administration, (checking Driving licence, Insurance, MOT etc), the Saturday workshop will start with a classroom based session presented by a Police BikeSafe Officer. With the help of an interactive DVD, the techniques of advanced riding skills, based on the Police manual of riding (Roadcraft) will be discussed. This is an ideal opportunity for discussing the common causes of crashes.
There will be breaks for tea, coffee and lunch is provided. In the afternoon there will be an observed ride-out with either a Police Officer, IAM or RoSPA observer. The observer will provide advice on how to improve your riding. At the conclusion you will be given a full debrief, a certificate of attendance and goody bag, which will contain a copy of the Roadcraft book and Highway Code.
The Sunday session will commence with a handover to IAM and RoSPA with a brief presentation by their representatives. There will then follow an assessed ride-out. The ride-out will take up the majority of the day. There will be a break for you to purchase refreshments at a suitable location, or you can bring your own. After the ride-out there will be a full ride feedback.