Special workshops that will help improve motorcycling skills are to be held in Rhyl next month. Bikesafe – a national police-led motorcycle project with the main of reducing the number of bikers being hurt on the roads, are offering free* workshops at the Community Fire Station on the Rhyl Coast Road.
Supported by the six local authorities the workshops offer practical advice about road safety and educate riders by passing on knowledge and skills to try and help motorcyclists become safer riders. One workshop is scheduled for Sunday 7th and the other for Sunday 21st September.
North Wales Police’ Bikesafe Co-ordinator Paul Cheshire said: “Whether you passed your bike test six months ago, six years ago or, indeed, twenty-six years ago, you can always improve your level of skill to make your riding not only safer but also more enjoyable. You will find at Bikesafe workshops that you are sitting alongside like-minded biking enthusiasts with a wide range of experience, skills and different machines. Whether you are on a commuter bike, scooter or a sports bike, you are equally welcome and will benefit from one of our workshops.”
Part of the morning is spent in the classroom and then there is then an enjoyable practical road element over approximately 60 miles taking you round the roads of North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park. The BikeSafe workshop explores the main issues facing today’s bikers. It demonstrates the principles of advanced riding in theory and through the on-road element. The BikeSafe Observer will give assessment and feedback which will highlight areas where the rider needs to develop.
Research shows that there has been a significant rise in the number of road traffic collisions throughout North Wales involving motorcycles but that riders that develop advanced riding techniques are less vulnerable. Overall KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) motorcycle casualties have experienced an increase, between January and June this year compared to the same period last year. So far this year there have been 39 compared to 24 in 2013 with over 70% of the riders being blameworthy for the collisions.
Paul Cheshire added: “Of the majority that are down to rider error it is not always about extreme riding but quite often to do with a simple mistake. These types of mistakes are consistently recognised as a fault made by riders without further training.” Further information regarding this specially-designed *free workshop is available by contacting North Wales Police Bikesafe on 01492 804135 or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Bookings can be made via the national Bikesafe website (www.bikesafe.co.uk).
*subject to £10 booking fee
Further workshops are being held until November 2014 at other locations including Police Headquarters in Colwyn Bay, Porthmadog and St Asaph.