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Biker training bid to stop smashes on region’s roads

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

24/05/14 RTC RTC on the Ashby Rd between the Stanhope Hotel and the Chesterfield involving a car and a motorbike.

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MOTORCYCLISTS are being urged to take part in a new safety scheme being run by police chiefs who are desperate to cut down on the number of deadly smashes on the region’s roads.

Riders are being offered the chance to hone their skills and build up confidence following the launch of Staffordshire Police’s Pathway to Rider Development initiative.

Senior officers in the county have moved to tackle the number of accidents involving motorbikes after shocking figures revealed that nearly a third of all people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads are motorcyclists, despite them only making up one per cent of vehicles.

Last month, two motorcyclists were seriously injured following smashes in Ashby Road, Burton, in the space of 10 days.

While last year, Newhall biker Matthew Illsley died following a crash over the border in Netherseal.

The scheme, called RideBy5, will see police motorcyclists deliver a one-hour classroom session highlighting techniques such as overtaking, junctions and hazard perception, followed by one-one-one sessions in which officers will assess rider’s capabilities.

PC John Edmonson, from the force’s tactical policing team, said: “We have found there are a number of riders on the county’s roads that have never taken on any further training or even had their riding assessed since passing the full motorcycle test.

“It is helpful to all riders, and in particular those who tend to only ride during the summer months as they can be more vulnerable.”

Anyone who is interested in attending the scheme should email RideBy5@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

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