Police launch bike workshops

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SUFFOLK Police are running a motorbike safety course to help cut the number of bikers killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

In conjunction with Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Police are offering Bikesafe motorcycle workshops focusing on improving rider awareness and rider ability.

In 2011, 30 people were killed on Suffolk’s roads, eight of which were motorcyclists – a massive 26.6 per cent of road fatalities.

In 2010 four motorcyclists died – 20 per cent of total fatalities.

Last year, Suffolk Police ran seven workshops with 120 people attending.

This year’s series starts on March 9 in preparation for the spring when many riders first don their helmet and take to the roads on two wheels.

Pc Kevin Stark, from the roads policing unit said: “The workshops give motorcyclists greater awareness of the hazards they may face when out and about and help them become better and safer riders.

“Unfortunately, last year we saw an increase in the number of motorcyclists killed on Suffolk’s roads and we hope by running future workshops we can help to reduce this number.

“No matter how experienced or careful you are, advanced rider training will improve the way in which you ride and increase your chances of riding safely, thus avoiding a crash or collision.”

Workshops are being held at Police Headquarters at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, on March 9 and 10, April 20 and 21, May 4 and 5, June 15 and 16 and July 13 and 14.

The workshops cost £55. For further information contact Hayley Batterham or Pc Kevin Stark on 01473 613730 or email bikesafe@suffolk.pnn.police.uk