Grampian Bikesafe advice

Grampian Police is urging motorcyclists to attend Bikesafe courses as the weather improves and more bikers are out and about on the roads.

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of collisions involving motorcyclists across Grampian.

Constable Neil Robertson said: “Motorcyclists need to be aware of the dangers of excessive and inappropriate speed and to not treat the roads as race tracks.

“There are numerous dangers for road users to be aware of, but unfortunately some riders do not think about them and unfortunately this can result in a life changing situation.

“Road Safety Grampian continues to urge motorcyclists to improve their skills and awareness to enable them to be safer on the roads.”

Bikesafe is targeted towards reducing motorcycling collisions through education and encouragement.

In Grampian alone last year, four motorcyclists were killed and 111 were injured. The majority of motorcycle collisions involve a degree of rider error and it cannot be denied that you are far more vulnerable on a motorcycle than in any other form of vehicle, should you be involved in a collision.

The Bikesafe scheme aims to encourage riders to think about their own riding techniques, consider how safe they really are and to look to improve their riding skills by continuing through advanced training.

The one-day courses include a demonstration ride and thereafter an assessed ride by police motorcyclists. The Scottish Ambulance Service give a basic first aid input telling you what you can do to aid a fellow biker if they are involved in a collision. A local motorcycle mechanic will also give a refresher on basic bike maintenance – the stuff you all know, but may not always check.

The schemes will run on the following Sundays, based at the Roads Policing Department, Nelson Street, Aberdeen: July 8, August 5, September 16 and 23.

There is a fee of £20 to cover expenses and lunch is included.

Application forms can be obtained from motorcycle dealerships and motorcycle clothing stores in Aberdeen or by contacting Constable Neil Robertson at Road Safety Grampian on 01224 306731, (roadsafety@grampian.pnn.police.uk).