Staffordshire Police are offering advice on winter riding as part of the RideBy5 initiative. Officers are urging riders to check their skills for the winter period to keep them safe.
National statistics show that motorcyclists are in the region of one per cent of vehicles on the road but account for approximately 28 per cent of casualties – an increase of two per cent.
PC John Edmondson from Staffordshire Police, said: “The Rideby5 workshop is designed encourage riders to take a look at their own skills and abilities, if necessary to guide them into further tuition to bring their skills up to a safer standard.
“We have found there are a number of riders on Staffordshire roads who have never experienced further training or even had their riding assessed since passing the full motorcycle test, in many cases more than 30 years. It is helpful to all riders and in particular those who tend to only ride during the summer months as they are more vulnerable.”
Stage 1 of the scheme – RideBy5, will be run by police motorcyclists from the Road Crime Team and consist of a one hour classroom session with a DVD presentation that highlights techniques such as cornering, positioning, overtaking, junctions and hazard perception. This will be followed by a practical one-to-one assessment with an officer who will follow, monitor and assess the rider’s skills and abilities. The rider will be given constructive and fair feedback.
The feedback information will be forwarded to Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership who will look to invite the riders to Stage 2 and Stage 3, where they will be able to work to attaining a higher level of riding skills, if agreed.
There are only a few places remaining for the workshop on Saturday 12 December at Staffordshire Police Headquarters, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0YY.
Anyone who is interested in attending Stage 1 RideBy5 is asked to contact PC 965 John Edmondson by emailing RideBy5@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk.