Motorcycles make up only 1% of our county’s traffic but riders and pillion passengers account for around 22% of those killed and seriously injured in crashes.
Protection in the event of a crash is limited as the rider is often thrown from the vehicle. Somerset Road Safety promotes safe, responsible riding and supports a number of initiatives aimed at reducing a rider’s exposure to risk and lessening their likelihood of being involved in a crash. We have passionate and dedicated motorcyclists on our team who are able to consider the issues that riders face and who aim to devise solutions that will meet the needs of Somerset riders.
Our Road Safety Officers work with schools and colleges to provide a variety of educational programmes designed to equip new riders for the road.
Due to the lower speeds of small capacity bikes, young riders tend to survive crashes more readily, but injuries could be reduced by wearing suitable protective motorcycle clothing and early training intervention.
An exciting day of motorcycle fun. Riders low speed bike handling skills are put to the test through a series of challenges against the clock. This is done in safety off the road around a circuit of cones.
To book your place please click here .
Somerset Roto Moto dates at Merryfield aerodrome near Ilton for 2013:
Cost of course: £20
A full day of on-the-road rider experience, delivered on a one to one, or one to two basis, which will enhance the riders performance through high quality coaching. Whether you are returning to riding, upgrading to a larger bike, or have experienced a spill, the team will assist you in improving elements of your riding that will achieve real results.
A day's session with the Max Rider team involves plenty of road work, featuring a range of riding skills including:
Cost of course: £155
For more information and/or to book a place please visit the Max Rider website at: http://www.maxrider.co.uk/
BikeSafe is a rider initiative offering assessed rides with police motorcyclists. The day involves a mix of riding theory and riding assessments conducted by advanced police motorcyclists.
Somerset BikeSafe Dates for 2013:
28th April - Taunton
14th July - Yeovil
18th August - Frome
Cost of course: £25
The National BikeSafe event will be taking place at Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday 20th April. By booking a place you can expect a short taster of what BikeSafe has to offer, with the added incentive of a few laps around the circuit. As with the BikeSafe days you can book this through the National BikeSafe Website.
The Rider Performance course was established by Somerset Road Safety and offers collision avoidance skills training at Castle Combe racetrack.
These innovative courses can be booked directly with the circuit at Castle Combe: Rider Performance
Dates for 2013: 8th May
Cost of day: £99
Ride to Arrive courses provide a residential weekend of riding interaction with police motorcyclists along with an introduction to advanced riding techniques. The course provides an intensive and thoroughly enjoyable insight into police riding methods.
Dates for 2013:
Cost of course: £130 for residents of Somerset using voucher code SOM101
Advanced riding groups have a significant part to play in encouraging riders to improve their safety. Volunteers help encourage riders to adopt a systematic approach and defensive riding techniques, to improve their overall riding skills and safety. Many groups have a flourishing social scene that compliments their training ethos.
There are five principal national groups that promote advanced riding, all of which have local groups:
Immediate Care at the Roadside in an Emergency (ICARE) is a course delivered by the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. It provides riders with information on how to deal with a collision scene and life-saving skills for motorcyclists, including CPR and how to remove a helmet to provide access to the rider’s airway.
Before riding on public roads, every rider needs to complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course. For details of CBT course providers within Somerset click here. The CBT normally takes a day but some riders will need a little longer. It is often worthwhile paying for an extra half day with an instructor to help increase your confidence and ability on the road after the CBT.
The Direct Access Scheme is one of several routes to obtaining a full motorcycle licence. You can find details of local motorcycle instructors in the Yellow Pages or through internet search engines.
Visit the Driving Standards Agency for further information on how to obtain your motorcycle licence: www.dft.gov.uk/dsa
If you're already good, make yourself better. The best motorcyclists ride defensively so they are less likely to be involved in collisions.
Make sure you: