Motorcyclists urged to take part in safety scheme

Grampian Police is urging motorcyclists to take part in its successful Bikesafe scheme as part of its efforts to reduce the number of collisions on North-east roads.

Last year the number of motorcyclists injured on the region’s roads was slashed by 28%, yet officers are keen to help reduce the figures further by engaging with motorcyclists from across the area.

PC Neil Robertson, from Road Safety Gramipian, said: “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; April -8th, 15th & 29th, May- 6th & 27th, June- 3rd, July- 8th, August- 5th, September -16th & 23rd.

There is a fee of £20 to cover expenses. Lunch is also included.

Application forms can be obtained by contacting Constable Neil Robertson at Road Safety Grampian on 01224 306731, ( roadsafety@grampian.pnn.police.uk).