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Dorset BikeSafe continues to promote safer riding

Following the overwhelming success of this season’s early Dorset BikeSafe events, officers continue to encourage bikers to attend the safety events at West Bay and Wimborne.

With the biking season well underway, bikers from across the region continue to enjoy the good riding that Dorset has to offer and as we move into the warmer sunny holiday months, the number of road users in Dorset swells with drivers from across the country visiting on holiday.

This seasonal increase in traffic raises the number of potential hazards to road users, especially to motorcyclists, as visitors may not be as familiar with the road network as residents.

Police Constable Chris Smith, Dorset BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said: “BikeSafe is directed at bikers, no matter how experienced, who enjoy our roads. Our aim is to reduce the number of collisions and casualties by engaging with them, making them safer and better riders. This will hopefully decrease the chances of meeting us as we carry out our duties”

The first series of days, run out of the Old Salthouse in West Bay and the Allendale Centre in Wimborne, have been an overwhelming success and there are still spaces available for riders who missed out on these dates at the start of the season.

PC Smith continued: “Dorset BikeSafe’s main aim is to ‘bridge the gap’ between passing the bike test and the advance riding courses supplied by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and with the summer upon us, there has never been a better time to start improving your biking skills.”

Split across the weekend, theory work and an Emergency First Aid for bikers course and discussions take place on the Saturday, with an assessed ride on the Sunday.

This weekend package is offered at the subsidised rate of only £25 thanks to the continued support of the local councils and partners.

To take part in the BikeSafe course riders will need a full licence and a bike capable of safely reaching the national speed limit.

 

The remaining 2015 Dorset BikeSafe locations and dates

The Salthouse, West Bay

  • 27 to 28 June 2015

Wimborne, Allendale Centre 

  • 4 to 5 July 2015
  • 17 to 18 October 2015

National BikeSafe event at Castle Combe Race Track

  • 11 July 2015

 

To book on any of these events, please visit the BikeSafe website and follow the relevant links or call 01305 227670 for more information.

 

Useful Links

BikeSafe page on Dorset Police website

BikeSafe Facebook page

 

Issued: 8 June 2015