Bikers: be safe

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is offering motorcycle trainers a free learning pack which teaches new riders how to survive the challenges they will face.

In 2010, 23 people were injured in motorbike accidents in the High Peak, six of them seriously.

The Know the Dangers learning pack was developed by two East Midlands Partnerships – the Bare Bones Project and Shiny Side Up Partnership – which are both made up of road safety professionals from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

The images in the pack help riders to understand the dangers they will face by providing a bird’s eye view of everyday riding activities such as overtaking, turning right and filtering past stationary traffic.

Trainers are being encouraged to use the pack with new riders who are undergoing the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) they must complete before riding on public roads.

Andy Adlington, the partnership’s motorcycle project officer, said: “Motorcyclists are vulnerable – all they’ve got to protect them is their skills and their riding gear. We hope that the Know the Dangers learning pack will help new riders to stay safe on our roads.

“The pack explores the real-life challenges that new riders are likely to face when they are out on our roads. The people who created it looked at the most common causes of crashes amongst new riders in our region and based the lessons around them.”

New riders living in Derbyshire can improve their motorcycle skills for just £15 thanks to the road safety partnership’s CBT Plus training course.

CBT Plus – which is delivered by local motorcycle trainers – is designed to give L-plate riders the experience they need to survive on today’s busy roads. The course is designed to be taken at around the same time as the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) that riders are required to complete by law.

This type of training normally costs around £75 but riders living in Derbyshire can enrol for just £15.

To find out more about CBT Plus call Andy Adlington on 07827 308480 or email him at bikermail@derbyshire.gov.uk