A new course for motorcyclists is being piloted

Wed 11 Mar, 2015

A new course for motorcycle, scooter and moped riders is being piloted by 
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service along with its partners in the Bucks & Milton Keynes Biker Forum.

The course aims to give riders extra skills to help keep them safe, and the organisers hope it will encourage them to continue riding in future years.

The pilot courses will be held on Saturday 2 May at Marlow Fire Station, Saturday 13 June at Bletchley Fire Station and Saturday 4 July at Aylesbury Fire Station.

Each session will include input on safe riding techniques as well as slow riding and machine control, bike maintenance and protective clothing.

Keith Wheeler, pictured, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Road Safety Officer, said: "I hope that this course will particularly appeal to younger riders of scooters and mopeds.

"Many young people buy a small bike to go to school or college and never go on to take their motorcycle test. Riders used to be able to continue riding by retaking their one-day Compulsory Basic Training and, though the Government has closed that loophole, many riders will switch to cars when they can afford to.

"We hope to show them how to make the most of their bike and maybe continue to enjoy two wheels beyond their teenage years."

Please contact Keith on 01296 744431 or 07767 412076 or by email at kwheeler@bucksfire.gov.uk for more details.