Thames Valley Police

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Thames Valley BikeSafe

Welcome to Thames Valley Police Bikesafe. Thames Valley Police covers the counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. This area covers the busy commuter towns of Oxford, Reading, Slough, Milton Keynes and many others. We are also responsible for large sections of the M4, M25, M40 and M1. We are proud to offer Bikesafe courses to bridge the gap leading to advanced rider training.

Our aim is simple. To offer some solutions to the most common causes of collisions, observe your riding and give you realistic and practical advice to move on to advanced training. This will enable you to get more enjoyment from your riding in a smoother and safer manner. Courses are held at Abingdon and Taplow. Private courses can be arranged for clubs and organisations.

Workshop content

Courses are open to anyone with a full motorcycle licence and have no more than 12 attendees. Our workshops are held at Abingdon, and Taplow. We have a team of more than 20 trained observers who are all Roads Policing officers, they have completed both advanced car and bike courses. In addition to riding at work all are passionate motorcyclists. Workshop format as follows:

  • 0830 – arrival, administration.
  • 0900 – interactive presentation. This will cover topics including hazard awareness, cornering, overtaking, junctions, group riding and filtering.
  • 1200 – Lunch, Tea and coffee break. Please bring a packed lunch.
  • 1230 – Introduction to your observer. Followed by an observed ride. This is designed to take in most of the types of road you are likely to ride on urban, rural, sweeping and twisty. The maximum ratio will be two riders to one assessor. You will stop on regular occasions to debrief your ride and reflect on the classroom input before putting the advice into practice. Radios communication between you and your observer is not possible, your observer will brief you fully.
  • 1500 – Arrival at a H Cafe, Berinsfield, Oxfordshire with the rest of the group where your observer will provide you with feedback. The classroom presenter will be on hand if any new questions have cropped up as will representatives from advanced training organisations to allow you to take the next step.

You will need to bring a road worthy bike of 125cc or above Your licence, evidence of insurance and MOT. Electronic versions are fine. Please wear appropriate clothing including an approved helmet and visor, boots with ankle protection, a motorcycle jacket and gloves. There are no lunch facilities at any of the workshop sites, please bring a packed lunch if required.

BikeSafe Workshop Coordinator

Workshop Coordinator: Sgt Grant Thomas, Sgt James Atkinson
Police Force: Thames Valley
Workshops: Abingdon, Taplow
County: Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire
Region: South East

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National

For questions relating to existing bookings i.e. refunds, transfers and cancellations, please raise a ticket with national BikeSafe support.