The National Bikesafe Course is a motorcycle rider skills assessment process that has been tailored to suit motorcyclists of all skills and ages. From relatively new riders or those who have years of experience, Bikesafe has something for you. Perhaps you have identified areas in your skills of machine handling that may be improved or you want to see how others 'do it'.
The awareness of the need for improvements in standards of motorcycle riding is often identified by the individual rider or may be observed by a friend. Some riders may be reluctant to take the step in taking the assessment for a variety of reasons. Just think of this phrase 'You don't know what you don't know' and if you don't, you will always wonder what experience you may have missed out on.
The Bikesafe course is run throughout the United Kingdom and was initially launched over a decade ago by South Yorkshire Police in an effort to combat the rising number of collisions involving the riders of powered two-wheelers. In Neath and Port Talbot County Borough Council Road Safety we work alongside the South Wales Police Motorcycle Team to deliver a product of a high standard that has won much recognition and praise across the region. The day consists of a morning theory session facilitated by a Police Motorcyclist who is also qualified as a Driving Standards Agency Instructor Motorcycle Instructor and addresses the topics of:
- Positioning and cornering
- Use of speed
- Casualty reduction
- Changes to the rules of the road
- Observations and planning for hazards
- Safer and fuel efficient riding
- Attitudes and Behaviour
- Basic First Aid Skills
- Followed by an afternoon of practical rider assessment.
The course one day in duration and is held at Weekends. It is subsidised by the Welsh Government and is currently available FREE of charge for NPT residents.The course is also available to any riders from other areas who wish to apply at a cost of £55.00.
It delivers six hours of engagement to each rider. There is an informal classroom atmosphere in the morning and a ride out after lunch of up to 100 miles on a wide variety of road types.
Up to twelve riders attend each course and light lunch is (provided) It is supplemented by the attendance of external Approved Assessors for the practical element on a 1:2 basis.
The course and feedback input will benefit riders in terms of knowledge and understanding and will help improve skills in awareness, planning all round confidence in handling their machine. All riders who have been on the Bikesafe experience have commented that what they have learned has already made a difference and has assisted them to ride more confidently safely.
Bikesafe courses are solely conducted between April and October each year to take into account changing road and traffic conditions due to seasonal changes in weather patterns. You can arrange any date to suit you and we find that many people will bring a friend or even arrive as a group. Pillions are also welcome. To book your Bikesafe place, please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk