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SAFETY COURSE FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

motorcyclesafetyThere are places available on the Isle of Wight Council’s successful Better Riding course, a theory and practical motorcycle training course aimed at all riders – no matter how experienced.

Figures show that in the last three years, 76 motorcyclists have been killed or injured on the Island’s roads.

The course helps motorcyclists to ride defensively and anticipate hazards on the road. A wide range of techniques will be covered including advanced riding and handling skills, observation, cornering, overtaking, braking and filtering. The course also includes a basic first aid training to assist people if they are first on the scene of an accident.

Also included is a practical ride with an advanced motorcyclist, enabling people to draw on the skills discussed during the theory sessions. The session provides an opportunity for instructors to give feedback on people’s riding techniques.

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Councillor Phil Jordan, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for public protection, said:

“This course is a great opportunity for people new to riding or those in need of a refresher course to learn about the fundamentals of being safer on the road. Unfortunately, often through no fault of their own, bikers form a disproportionately high percentage of the UK’s serious road traffic incidents and we feel this course – and its sister course Better Driving course which is aimed at car drivers – is important to help make our roads safer.”

Priced at £15, the course is run over two sessions at Sandown Fire Station from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursday 11 July and 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursday 18 July. For more details or to book a place, please contact Mervyn Goldring on (01983) 408263 or email[email protected]

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