If you ride a motorcycle or scooter you'll know that they can sometimes be the quickest and almost certainly the most enjoyable way to travel from A to B, and with ever increasing fuel costs they can be a more cost effective method of commuting to work or college.
With increasing traffic volumes on our roads it is important that bikers and scooter riders are prepared for the unexpected, particularly when you consider that 75% of rider casualties in the Yorkshire & Humber region occur as a result of a collision with another vehicle.
Training and improving your skills is a life long necessity as a powered two wheeled rider and the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership offer a range of sessions to suit all experience and skill levels. Working alongside South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and the local Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists groups, we can offer free advice and possible discounts for training at all levels, from learners right through to more experienced riders and this varies from one day refreshers to more long term, planned, training schedules designed specifically for your requirements:-
BikeSafe - A one day session delivered by South Yorkshire Police, featuring a short classroom presentation and assessed ride-out with a police motorbike rider, which is aimed at people who may have just passed their full test, been riding all their life, coming back to bikes after a break, or someone that just wants to check their skill level. The day provides an opportunity to raise road safety awareness, create a desire to learn more about safer riding but also an opportunity to meet and talk to fellow bikers. For full details about available dates for 2017 and booking details click on BikeSafe.
IAM Advanced Rider Course - Run via both the Sheffield and Rotherham IAM groups, the advanced training programme by IAM RoadSmart is aimed at improving your skills and safety to make you a more confident biker in all conditions.
The Advanced Rider Course is aimed at riders on motorbikes or scooters that are able to reach the national speed limit, who are looking to improve their skills over a longer period of time. For further information on how to book and the discount scheme, click on the link to the Rotherham Advanced Motorcyclists (RAM) or Sheffield & District Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM), and for full information on the Advanced Rider programme, click onto the IAM main webpage.
Other SRP P2W Projects & Initiatives:-
TWANG! - TWist ANd Go!
FREE initiative aimed at riders on low powered machines from 49-125cc who want to improve their skills beyond the basic CBT level. The free short sessions will focus on positioning, observation, braking and the main dangers for low powered machine riders. It will feature both theory and practical help and advice to improve your safety but also enjoyment of riding on South Yorkshire roads. For further information see our webpage - TWANG
BikerDown! South Yorkshire
Would you know what to do if confronted by a road collision?
BikerDown! is a FREE first on scene information session aimed at riders and pillions, with practical advice on collision management and basic 1st Aid skills. Further information, as well as dates and locations at BikerDown!
New Rider Packs
A FREE information pack for all new bike buyers or riders on such topics as licence requirements, helmet ratings, protective clothing, security, and discounted training which is available to match their individual skill level. Send us an email with your postal address and we will send one out.
Top tips for bikers
- Always wear the right protective clothing with suitable armour to a recognised level, in the event of a collision it could save your life. For information on helmets and up-to-date safety ratings visit Sharp.
- Many drivers have never ridden a bike so have no experience of how nimble or quickly a bike can alter speed or direction, please make allowances for this in your riding plan.
- Remember that speed limits are applicable to bikes and scooters, just as much as other road users.
- Consider where you are in relation to other vehicle's blind spots, are you in the best position to be seen?
- If you are filtering be considerate and use extreme care, always ensure you have a gap to filter to. Drivers may not be expecting a rider to come past them in traffic, a startled driver could lead to a collision. A courteous nod or simple hand raised as a 'thank you' can make all the difference.
- Allow time for you to see and be seen on the road. If you are moving through a queue of traffic quickly, a driver may not have time to see you until it is too late - even at 20mph you are covering two car lengths per second.
- Just because you have made eye contact with a driver, doesn't mean that they have actually processed seeing you, always be prepared to stop in time.
- In poor weather, low light conditions or during the autumn/winter period, consider wearing some form of hi-viz/reflective clothing, jacket, sash or vest. A simple hi-viz vest, for example, could make the difference between being seen a few metres in time or too late.
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For further information on the Safer Roads Partnership and any of its campaigns or initiatives, or if you have any queries, then please feel free to email email@example.com or telephone 01709 832455 and ask for the Safer Roads Office.
Reporting Pot Holes/Debris & Spillages, (including mud and farm/work site materials) -
Sheffield Council - Online Streets Ahead or or o
Rotherham Council - Online Street Pride
Barnsley Council - Online Road Maintenance
Doncaster Council - Online Highway Network Management
Major Roads - Reporting Road Obstructions
Smart Motorways - Information from the Highways Agency on the changes to the M1
Official guide to riding a motorbike, moped and motor tricycle - Information on licence categories and training.
Get On - National scheme to provide a Free Taster Session to people that may be thinking of learning to ride a scooter or motorbike, or are thinking of getting back on a bike after a long break.
Wheels2Work - South Yorkshire scooter scheme to help people struggling to get to work, college or training centres.
DSA Licence - Flow chart explaining the different age restrictions and routes to pass your test.
Helmet, Visor & Goggle Markings - Information on the correct markings and ratings for helmets, goggles and visors.
Compulsory Basic Training - Government guidelines on taking your CBT.
Motorcycle Practical Riding Test - Government information on taking your full riding test, including Module 1 and 2.
Motorcycle Theory Test - Information on the two part theory test for driving or riding.