Road safety training for riders

RIDERS of scooters and motorcycles will have the chance to receive extra safety training in a new scheme set up to tackle increasing casualties on the roads.

Tuesday, 22nd November 2011, 5:14 pm

The use of such bikes as a cheaper form of transport means more inexperienced riders are travelling on busy commuter routes than ever before.

Safety campaigners say these riders often have limited experience of their machine and underestimate their vulnerability, while increased casualty figures for this group of road users has led to crash investigators to call for additional safety education.

Know the Dangers is a new resource developed by two East Midlands partnerships – the Bare Bones Project and the Shiny Side Up Partnership – aimed at warning riders of the main crash hotspots they will encounter on their daily journeys.

The partnership – which includes Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire road safety officers and Notts Police – has been at the forefront of motorcycle safety campaigning for the past 10 years.

Know the Dangers is an illustrated A3 easel display folder which consists of a series of scenarios based on police crash data. The scenarios identify the major situations that cause collisions which involve riders of powered two wheel vehicles.

Compulsory Basic Training centres throughout the region will be using the new resource, allowing trainers to identify the dangers to new riders and to discuss strategies to avoid the risk of a collision with other traffic.

The first copy of Know the Dangers will be presented to motorcycle training centre managers at AIM in Main Road, Watnall, just north of junction 26, who plan to use the resource in training new riders, on Wednesday 23rd November at 11am.