Safety scheme targets Dorset bikers

Bikers across Dorset can increase their chances of staying safe on the county's roads thanks to a joint initiative between police and the local council.

Motorcyclists are being given the chance to take part in BikeSafe Dorset 2010, run by Dorset County Council and the local force.

The initiative, starting on July 12, will be run by police motorcycling professionals and will show bikers how to stay safe through classroom tuition and practical ride assessments.

The course will include safety tips when cornering, positioning, overtaking and will demonstrate correct use of gears and hazard perception.

The first event will take place at the Dorchester Town Football Club on Weymouth Avenue on Monday starting from 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Bikers wanting to attend the practical classes can collect an application pack at the event on Monday.

BikeSafe Dorset co-ordinator Police Constable Chris Smith said: "Once again we are working with our local councils to make Dorset's roads safer.

"This year BikeSafe has even more local opportunities open to bikers across the county to sharpen their riding skills and hopefully avoid becoming a statistic. It's never the wrong time to learn a new skill and keep yourself safe on the county's roads.

"Our local evening theory sessions cost nothing and are open to all motorcyclists. They are held locally across Dorset and riders can just turn up to see what BikeSafe is all about. There is then an option to attend one of our on road assessment dates which are held near to our headquarters in Winfrith. It takes just a few hours and could teach you something that might save your life one day."

The theory session is free to attend and the assessed practical ride is £40. Participants must complete both parts in order to fully complete the BikeSafe Dorset course and be issued a certificate.

The practical sessions commence from the Winfrith Technology Centre, just outside the village of Wool on August 15 at 10am or 1pm and September 19 at 10am or 1pm.

BikeSafe Dorset can only be offered to riders with a bike of 250cc and over - all practical assessments will take place on course attendees' own bikes. For any further information about the course, or to book a place, please view our BikeSafe pages on this website or call 01305 227670.

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