West Yorkshire Police to Host ‘BikeSafe’ Workshops in Summer 2023
West Yorkshire Police will be hosting five ‘BikeSafe’ Workshops in Summer 2023 for motorcyclist members of the public.
BikeSafe is a national initiative aimed at working with motorcycle riders to develop key skills around riding and safety.
The sessions, which will be led by five police advanced motorcyclists, focus on improving: attitude, observation, cornering, overtaking, filtering, junctions, group riding, hazard awareness and utilization of the system of motorcycle control.
West Yorkshire Police have been sponsored by TTC Group to provide five sessions which will run on Sundays in the summer months. (9 July, 16 July, 23 July, 20 August, 17 September). The sessions run from 9am-5pm and are priced at £65.
This aligns with the Vision Zero initiative which aims to reduce road deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2040. The five key areas of Vision Zero are: safer speeds, safer vehicles, safer roads, safer behaviours, and improved learning from collision investigations.
Sergeant Andy Johnson of West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing said:
“This is an especially important initiative as we often see motorcyclists in West Yorkshire continue to feature disproportionately in our injury collision figures.
We would like to urge motorcyclist riders to really consider coming to one of our BikeSafe sessions to develop their knowledge and skills around motorcycle safety and put themselves at less risk of being involved in a serious injury or fatal collision."
West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime and chair of the Vision Zero board, Alison Lowe OBE said:
“Road safety and dangerous driving are key issues for communities in West Yorkshire.
Each and every road death is a tragedy, and we must work together as a region to make our roads safer and to achieve our Vision Zero goal.
With Safer Streets funding to tackle the inappropriate use of motorcycles, the Mayor of West Yorkshire is investing in youth outreach programmes, as well as extra enforcement activities in areas that see the most problems.
If you ride a motorcycle, I encourage you to take advantage of the upcoming BikeSafe sessions to help you develop your skills and stay safe.”
Sharon Haynes of TTC Group said:
“TTC is pleased to be able to sponsor West Yorkshire Police’s BikeSafe sessions this summer. As the contracted provider of driver and rider awareness courses for West Yorkshire Police, we are fully committed to the Vison Zero initiative, to help improve driver and rider speed and behaviour to improve the region’s road safety. “
“I would encourage any motorcyclist to book a place on one of the BikeSafe courses, offering an excellent opportunity to brush up on some riding skills and to reduce the risk of being involved in a serious or fatal collision.”