About Dorset BikeSafe

Workshop dates now online and available to book

BikerDown in now available in Dorset and we are working with a trauma doctor to deliver these skills in their own standalone event. 

This is the link:  http://www.docbike.org/bikerdown

The county of Dorset offers some of the best scenery and riding anywhere in the UK. With no motorway network to spoil your enjoyment of road riding we have dorsetpeirthe historic Jurassic coast and a county that is still mostly rural.

Outside of the Bournemouth/Poole conurbation this allows the motorcyclist to enjoy the very best of the British countryside with many good quality A, B and unclassified roads to challenge and enthuse the rider. Whether it is the breathtaking views on the Coast Road or the famous bends of Zig Zag Hill Dorset has something for every rider and machine.

But all this can come at a price with bikes sharing the same roads as cars, buses, trucks and caravans, especially so in the summer months. Sadly many bikers are caught out each year on our roads. And while the number of bike journeys are low compared to our four wheeled friends the risk of having a bike accident is still statistically high.

It doesn’t matter how you look at it or view the figures most of our serious bike accidents occur as a result of RIDER ERROR. It might be going too fast for the circumstances, riding too close or making a bad decision, like overtaking when its not safe to do so. If you knew what might happen, you wouldn’t do it!!

You can help yourself and take steps to prevent becoming a statistic by taking further training and learning how to ride a road that offers more than a straight or the odd roundabout. This is what BikeSafe is all about.

We offer riders in Dorset the opportunity to have their riding observed by one of our Police Class 1 motorcyclists with the aim of identifying areas of risk and helping you to improve your riding and make you a safer motorcyclist.

Dorset Police also welcome many thousands of bikers each week to one of the largest weekly biking events in Europe, Poole Quay Dream Machines every Tuesday night between April and September. This is dorsetcrowdsrun in partnership with Poole Tourism (Dream Machines Website) and a dedicated team of volunteer marshals. We also have other events in the county namely Clay Pigeon and Weymouth.

Although we operate a soft policing touch we will always prosecute those that risk themselves, others and the event by dangerous or inappropriate riding. We always have motorcycle officers on duty at the Quay (and often at other venues) in support of the marshals that are happy to deal with any enquires. If you see us come up and ask about BikeSafe and biking, you’ll find we know what we are talking about.

Road safety Award presented at Poole Quay Bike Night

Following last years announcement of the Poole Quay Bike Night partners winning the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award the team were presented with their award at the busiest Bike Night this year on 19th July.

A large crowd turned out to see the award being handed over after the bike of the night selection was made at the centre of the event. The Award plaque will take pride of place in the tourist office opposite the presentation site and help to remind all riders that attend of the hard work over the last decade of the team as well as the total commitment to a safe and enjoyable event.

PC Chris Smith of Dorset Police’s BikeSafe Team said “This award marks a long time relationship between the Police, local tourism office and marshalling team. It shows that with a team approach and some hard work over the near decade we have been together that you can achieve some great results where the event grows but keeps the safety of the riders at its heart. I welcome the award as a mark of this achievement and look forward to another ten years of working to keep everyone that attends safe.”

In the photo: Karen Cole of the MCIA, Adrian Walsh of the Prince Michael Awards Committee, Chris Smith (Dorset Police), Anne Simpson of Poole Tourism and Kerry Pope (Chief Marshall)

Help us to help you and make Dorset a safer county for all bikers.BikeNight3

As we say in Police rider training “Keep it on the black stuff”.

Workshop dates for 2015 now online – check out our workshop pages for more details.

Safe riding.

 

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Key Information

Course Co-ordinator: Chris Smith

Co-ordinator Telephone: 01202 222222

Address: BikeSafe Dorset, Operations Centre, Ameysford Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9HQ

Force Telephone: 01202 222222

Website: http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/Bikesafe/dorset.html