Cumbria Police use superbike to engage with motorcyclists

Police motorcyclists in Cumbria have taken delivery of a Ducati superbike in full police livery that will be used to support their successful BikeSafe scheme.

BikeSafe 2010 will be launched later this month to coincide with the start of the summer biking season, when thousands of motorcyclists head to Cumbria to enjoy the open roads and stunning scenery.

Unfortunately this brings with it an increase in the number of motorcyclists killed and injured on the county’s roads, so officers run a series of educational events, lectures and ride-outs to teach advanced motorcycling skills in a bid to improve rider safety.

The Ducati 848 superbike has been donated to police by J&L Motorcycles in Carlisle and will be used by officers as an icebreaker, so that they can engage with bikers and pass on vital road safety advice.

The Ducati (pictured) is a middleweight superbike and has been badged in full police livery by Cubby’s signs of Kingstown.

Sergeant Jo Lennox from Cumbria’s Roads Policing Unit, who coordinates the Bikesafe scheme, said: “We work really hard to educate motorcyclists about road safety and how they can prevent themselves from becoming another statistic. We run a number of events at popular biking pit stops, such as Devil’s Bridge and Hartside café, and hope that the Ducati will act as an icebreaker, so that we can start a dialogue with bikers.

The BikeSafe courses have changed in format this year and now involve a one day event. We provide some educational lectures in the morning and an assessed ride-out by an advanced motorcyclist in the afternoon, where participants get the opportunity to put into practice everything they have learned.

We live in an amazing part of the country and our motorcycle routes are a great attraction. With the start of the good weather, comes the start of the motorcycle season, we want road safety to be a priority for every road user.”

Cumbria County Council sponsor the BikeSafe scheme, so they are free to attend and will help motorcyclists, both experienced and those just starting out, to develop their riding skills.