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MOTORCYCLISTS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN BIKESAFE COURSE

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isle of wight police bike rpuMotorcyclists from across the Isle of Wight are being invited to take part in a road safety course to be held next month.

The popular BikeSafe course, which will take place at Ryde Fire Station on Sunday 14th September, is aimed at reducing the numbers of motorcyclists injured and killed on the Island’s roads and across the country as a whole.

Across the county of Hampshire, including here on the Island, some 65% of all motorcycle collisions happen at or near a junction.

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The course, led by Roads Policing Unit officers, will include an ride out on the road assessed by a police motorcylist and features sessions on subjects including hazard awareness, junctions and first aid.

Bike Safe co-ordinator, Sgt Gabe Snuggs, said:

“Some collisions happen when drivers fail to appreciate the path and intention of a motorcyclist. Others could have been avoided by riders taking better responsibility for their own safety.

“It’s important riders should continue to learn and not just stop once they have passed their test. We want motorcyclists to improve their abilities and gain more enjoyment from riding.

“People on this course will receive detailed one-to-one feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their riding, and be joined by like-minded biking enthusiasts with a wide range of experience, skills and engine sizes.

“Hampshire Constabulary is grateful to the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and Isle of Wight Council, which are all working with us to provide this event. However, the event can only go ahead if we have enough numbers to run the course, so please register your place today if you’re interested.”

The full day course is just is £50 per person and will run between 08:30 and 16:30.

Any rider can book a place on the BikeSafe course by calling 08444 151206. For more information, go to the BikeSafe website.

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