The Rider Skills Days are run by highly qualified traffic police officers and combine observed rides with interactive presentations, discussions and advice on rider safety. Speaking for TfL, Ben Ploweden said “BikeSafe-London has helped create a huge number of safer motorcyclists in London over the past ten years and hopefully the current offer to attend for the price of a decade ago will encourage a whole new generation of safer motorcyclists.” “We continue to look at how we can improve road safety for all road users and our Motorcycle Safety Action Plan which will be published later this year will set out how we will further improve the safety of riders in the capital.” The 2003 cost will be held until 6th September and those who register before that date will also be given the chance to enter a competition to win a BMW off-road skills course, with accommodation sponsored by Carol Nash. Simon Pavey, Head Instructor at BMW Off Road Skills said “We are very pleased to be able to give something to an organisation like BikeSafe-London. They are doing a lot of good things for motorcyclists and put a lot of time and effort into improving the safety of London’s bike riders.” Karen Cole, Safety Director of the MCI, which administrate ride bookings for BikeSafe-London explained all the team handling the bookings are bikers themselves, “When you book, you’ll be talking to an experienced biker, who will be able to answer any questions or concerns. People never regret taking these workshops and now BikeSafe-London has introduced an extra incentive”. - ENDS - Notes to editors:
- For more information on what Transport for London (TfL) is doing to promote motorcycle safety across the capital, please visit http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/23288.aspx
- ScooterSafe-London is a course which gives riders of scooters up to 250cc and pre test motorcycle riders similar safety skills to the BikeSafe-London.The Mayor’s Draft Road Safety Action Plan, which was consulted on last year, highlights motorcyclists as a key vulnerable road user group for whom safety improvements need to be made. Motorcyclists accounted for just one per cent of trips in London during 2011, but represented 16 per cent of all casualties and 22 per cent of all fatalities on the capital’s roads, showing that they are particularly vulnerable to serious collisions. In particular, collisions can occur at junctions when vehicles can turn across the path of a motorcyclist having failed to look properly.
- TfL has commissioned research to better understand the cause of collisions in London that result in fatalities to motorcyclists. The study involved the in-depth analysis of collisions involving a motorcyclist fatality between 2006 and 2009, with the aim of helping to prevent these in future. Early findings show that fatal collisions can take place when vehicles turn right across the path of a motorcycle at a junction or from a side road. Work to further investigate these fatalities is still ongoing and TfL will publish the final report when completed.
- TfL and the Metropolitan Police Service run BikeSafe-London for motorcycle and scooter riders that aim to educate riders to become safer road users. The Rider Skills Days are run by highly qualified traffic police officers and combine observed rides with interactive presentations, discussions and advice on rider safety.
- The days start at 8.45am and finish at approximately 4.30pm and normally cost just £45.00 per rider including lunch, high visibility vest and other items.
- Reduced rate of £25 is available from 29 April – 6 September 2013.
- Full details of the off road course can be found at: http://www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/world-of-bmw/off-road-skills/level-one/
- BikeSafe-London 10th anniversary competition terms and conditions are found here: https://www.bikesafe.co.uk/Page/BikeSafe-London-10-Year-Anniversary.aspx
- Riders must be over 21 years of age and not have any drink or drug convictions. Full details of terms and conditions: http://www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk/media/pdf/Off-Road-Skills-Terms-and-Conditions-2013.pdf