Powys unveils safety schemes for bikers
Motorcyclists in Powys are being given the opportunity to become safer riders through a series of road safety initiatives.
The schemes are being provided by Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit, with funding from the Welsh Government.
'Ride On' is a one-day scheme for full motorcycle licence holders, with instruction from approved tutors from the local RoSPA group, Shropshire and Powys Advanced Riders (SAPAR). It consists of an informal theory session followed by an assessment ride, which is captured on the tutors’ bike mounted camera.
Instructors assess the riding skills of participants, giving personalised tips and advice to help riders get more from their experience.
The course, which is open to people who live and work in Powys, takes place on 5 March in Llandrindod Wells and 19 March in Newtown.
‘Biker Down’ is delivered by the road safety unit in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue. The three-hour course covers topics including collision scene management, emergency first aid and helmet removal, and the science of being seen.
The course will take place in Llandrindod Wells on 3 March and Newtown on 17 March. Additionally, the road safety unit can take ‘Biker Down’ to motorcycle clubs.
Finally, the unit is also making the ‘Crash Card’ scheme available to motorcyclists using the county’s roads. The card contains the personal details of the motorcyclist and sits in the lining of their helmet and can be used by the emergency services in the event of a collision.
Cllr John Brunt, Powys County Council’s cabinet member for road safety, said: “With 3,400 miles of road, Powys has the largest road network in Wales and motorcyclists come far and wide to enjoy our rural roads.
“Sadly though, four motorcyclists lost their lives in 2015 in the county and in excess of 27 received serious injuries.
“We hope these initiatives will help motorcyclists ride safer on our roads and minimise the risk of being involved in a collision.”
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