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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Cumbria Police advise that education is key following BikeSafe launch

CUMBRIA Police are launching their annual motorcycle safety campaign and are asking the county’s bikers to improve their safety on the road through education.

BikeSafe is a national police initiative run by many of the forces across the UK. Cumbria Police have been running BikeSafe scheme for a number of years and over the next six months will be running six workshops across the county.

Sergeant Jo House, who is the Constabulary’s BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said: “BikeSafe aims to bridge the gap between having a licence and getting structured training. Regardless of how much or how many years’ experience you have, there is always something to learn when it comes to staying safe on two wheels.

“Motorcycles are classed as vulnerable road users and that is brought into perspective with the fact that already this year we have had five motorcycle fatalities across the county. Any death on the road is tragic and we are passionate about educating riders about road safety. Anything that you can do to improve your chances of staying safe has got to be worth a go.”

For just a £10 booking fee, you can enjoy a full day workshop hosted by Police advanced motorcyclists. The workshop covers theoretical elements of road safety using video footage and animated clips to show just how easy it can be to spot the hazards and avoid dangers. Also included is an on-road observed ride which will provide riders with feedback regarding their riding skills. Participants will also leave with a copy of Motorcycle Road Craft (worth £16.99) and hopefully the enthusiasm to go on and partake in training.

Sergeant House added: “The day is informal and relaxed. Riders are encouraged to participate in discussions to promote thinking around road safety. As police riders we undergo refresher training and it is important to have an objective look at how you ride and make suggestions for improvement.“

In welcoming the ‘Bikesafe’ initiative, Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “Road safety is a key priority for Cumbria Constabulary to tackle, and education has a key role to play in this area. I welcome the initiative as it doesn’t matter how old you are or how experienced you are, a few hours of refresher training may just save your life or the lives of others. Sadly in Cumbria we have had a number of fatal accidents recently involving motorcyclists, so this initiative is very timely.”

The force is being supported by J&L Motorcycles of Carlisle who are providing the force with a new operational Kawasaki ZZR 1400 motorcycle as well as working very closely with our partners Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service and the institute of Advanced Riders (IAM).

CFRS are also providing “HeartStart” as an additional element to the workshops which provide essential first aid training to riders, in a safe learning environment, so they can be confident they can do something positive, should they find themselves at scene of a collision. The IAM who assist Cumbria with BikeSafe are all registered police volunteers and work with us to promote advanced training within our region.

All workshops this year will be held in Kendal, Carlisle or Workington Fire and Rescue community centres.

Places on each workshop are limited to twelve people, so riders are urged to book quickly to avoid missing out. A full list of workshop dates can be found at www.bikesafe.co.uk. You can book using this website or by calling the booking centre on: 08444 151206.

Workshop dates:

• Sunday 4th May in Workington

• Sunday 15th June in Kendal

• Sunday 20th July in Carlisle

• Sunday 3rd August in Workington

• Sunday 31st August in Kendal

• Sunday 5th October in Carlisle

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