Vaguely interested in the BikeSafe scheme? Unsure what it’s all about? Following up the recommendation of a friend?…. Well however you’ve got here, read on motorcyclist, we’re here to help….!
Described as “excellent” by our friends at ‘Bike’ magazine, the Lincolnshire Police BikeSafe scheme is widely recognised as a shining beacon of motorcycling brilliance in an all too often grey and lacklustre two-wheeled world! Our format is of unrivalled value, simple, great fun and well received by all who attend our Saturday sessions run from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership premises at The Pelham Centre, Lincoln (between Pelham Bridge and Jackson's Building Centre).
Here’s a brief rundown of what to expect if you were to come along:
Upon arrival you’ll be greeted like a long-lost friend, plied with tea/coffee, above average quality biscuits and get to meet our staff, all of which are either advanced Police riders or I.A.M/RoSPA observers, highly qualified riders as well as being specially trained to be friendly and approachable. They all love talking bikes. In fact, to be honest, most of them struggle to talk about anything else.
We start with an hour and a half or so in the classroom, but don’t worry its very informal and you’ll be encouraged to participate as we discuss recent trends in bike crashes, some ‘tasters’ of advanced riding techniques and some hints and tips on cornering or overtaking for example, which might just save your skin (or bones!) This is anything but a boring classroom session and includes some great DVD footage and more tea/coffee/the odd biscuit.
We always strive to make it entertaining - it's run by our force bike instructor, bike cop and long time mediocre racer Jon Ryden and nobody’s fallen asleep so far. If Jon's not available, then Andy T is a first rate stand-in; retired bike cop and accident investigator, who is now bike safety specialist for the police and based at LRSP. He's the one sat on our sponsored Moto Guzzi Italian police special Norge.
Once finished we have a short break and then its time for the ‘observed ride’. This is tailored to your needs if you feel it necessary, usually ‘one to one’ with a Police, I.A.M, or RoSPA observer, all highly qualified and specially selected for their abilities, attributes and looks. The ride can be as long or as short as you want but it's generally a couple of hours at least and guaranteed to be picturesque; we’re not exactly short of countryside around here! Don’t be scared, you’re just expected to ride exactly how you normally ride, there’s no pressure to do anything fancy, forget about the observer and it's not a problem if you aren’t too sure about where you're going. Lincoln Cathedral is a great landmark, so we usually find our way back.
Afterwards, you’ll get an ever so tactful debrief on your ride and any areas which maybe need polishing up will be gently pointed out. Then you’ll ride home with a big smile on your face and fall asleep during the evening incoherently babbling about what a great time you had with the coppers on your BikeSafe day.
The last bit of the process is that we’ll send you a BikeSafe certificate through the post (don’t forget to mention it at insurance renewal time) and hopefully we’ll have sparked off a lasting interest in the benefits of advanced riding which will lead you to undertake some training. There’s a whole host of post-test training providers nowadays and some sort of advanced training is statistically proven make you much less likely to become a statistic of the wrong sort! It's this ethos that gives us our “Bridging the Gap” motto.
We’re not here to do any detailed training, just to give you advice on your current riding skill level and a taste of what advanced riding is so that you’ll hopefully gallop off and get some training of your own. And you’ll have had a great day!
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7th January 2015 at 15:52