Hounslow Council’s road safety team recently teamed up with the Met Police to host a free BikeSafe-London day for riders who live, work or study in the borough.
BikeSafe is a police-led motorcycle safety initiative run by many police forces across the UK, in a bid to reduce the number of bikers killed and injured on the roads.
The scheme’s aim is to encourage post test training and improve rider attitude and behaviour. It runs under the premise that, ‘the more training you get, the better and safer the rider you become’
10 riders of all ages and abilities took part in the Hounslow event, which involved a short theory session followed by observed rides in urban and rural settings. The rides took place with experienced police motorcyclists, either on a one-to-one or one-to-two ratio.
Hounslow Council says feedback following the day was ‘very positive’, with participants saying they felt more aware of possible hazards and more confident to deal with them. Participants also felt they were safer riders after completing the course.
One rider said:
“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up. Least of all, a long bike ride to Virginia Waters with police escort. Wow!
“The informative and fast paced course contents, the friendly police trainers riding with us and the areas we visited during our long bike rides made me forget about the wet and windy weather.
“Sadly, the day wasn’t long enough and time flew by too quickly. People who are still toying with the idea of attending have no clue about what they are missing.”
Following the success of the event, Hounslow’s road safety team has organised more free BikeSafe days. As well as living, working or studying in Hounslow, participants must have completed the CBT and have their own motorcycle.
For more information contact Hounslow’s road safety team via email.
Anyone not living in Hounslow can participate in a BikeSafe-London training day – click here for more details.
24 November 2017