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Riding Skills Course Prepares Motorcyclists For Winter


2 October 2014

Winter may not be the easiest time to be riding a motorcycle, so the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership is running a free winter skills training event to help riders feel confident on the roads throughout the colder months.

Taking place on Sunday 19 October at Dunstable Community Fire Station, the course will cover riding in the winter months including suitable clothing, winter weather conditions and hazards and what to do if you are first on the scene of a collision.

Each rider will be offered a slow riding skills training session from a qualified instructor, as well as advice on winter riding from a Senior Observer at the Herts and Beds Advanced Motorcyclists organisation.

All riders will participate in a first-on-scene motorcycle first-aid taster session to learn how to respond should they be the first to arrive at a crash.

Chief Inspector Hann of the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Road Policing Unit, said: “Winter presents a number of new challenges to motorcyclists, particularly when the weather is poor and the temperature drops. This course will really help to give riders confidence and teach them skills that will help to ensure they are safe.

“We want to help local people and motorcyclists to be ready in advance for the winter months. The course is perfect for anyone who wants to continue using their bike over the next few months, and I’d really recommend that people go along no matter how much experience they have. Spaces are limited, so please book early.

Two sessions are available, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. If you are interested in taking part, please pre-register by visiting http://www.motorcyclingmatters.org/ridefreeskills and filling out the registration form.