Article submitted by Kevin Wilcox
Young bikers are particularly vulnerable road users with 16 – 24 year old riders accounting for 45% of all motorcycle casualties and 16 to 21 year old riders being the most ‘at risk’ group of motorcyclists with 78 young riders killed or seriously injured over the last 5 years; having to only complete the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) before embarking on their riding life means young riders are very inexperienced with little knowledge of the Highway Code and ‘Rules of the Road’.
Pre CBT Scheme
The ‘Pre-CBT’ Scheme is a pilot initiative aiming to reduce young rider casualties across Staffordshire by better preparing young bikers for the road. The scheme offers potential young riders 16 – 21 years of age the opportunity of receiving a voucher giving them £50 off their CBT if they attend the Pre-CBT workshop; the vouchers will only be valid for LDC Training, Burton and Shireoak Training, Brownhills near Cannock during the pilot. Participants can be new to riding doing their first CBT or completing their refresher CBT and doing it for their second time.
The workshop lasts for two and half hours and will be presented at Cannock Fire Station on the evening of Friday 1st June and Burton Fire Station on the evening of Friday 8th June. Places are limited to fifteen attendees at each venue which must be booked prior to attendance through emailing us via the contact page on this website or by contacting Kevin Wilcox on 07855 336922; we are taking bookings now.
The workshop will provide information on the Highway Code, Rules of the Road and all issues that bikers face. Young riders will participate in a short evaluation which will be used to assess the effectiveness of the scheme. If the evaluation results in a positive outcome we hope to extend the scheme county wide, however this may be prioritised by area.
We are sure that parents of potential young riders or current CBT riders would like to see their children being as prepared as possible when embarking on their riding life, so we hope that parents want to encourage their children to apply for the scheme, as not only will it save money but will provide them with the information to keep them safer on the road.
We would appreciate it if you could pass this information on to any potential young rider who may like to be a part of what we are doing.
Staffordshire continues to have some of the safest roads in the country which is something we are very proud of and have worked hard to achieve. While motorcycle casualties have reduced in Staffordshire by 38% over the last 10 years which is encouraging news, we want to reduce this even further. We have a number of initiatives supporting bikers including Bikers’ Breakfasts, BikeSense, and Cleaner Safer Highway etc. find out more at www.staffsbiker.co.uk
Young Biker barbecues
We also have the Young Biker BBQ events from 6pm to 9.30pm at:
- Shireoak Motorcycles, Brownhills – Wednesday 16th May
- LDC Training, Burton – Wednesday 13th June
- Port Vale FC, Stoke-on-Trent – Wednesday 4th July
FAB ‘First Aid for Bikers’ courses
New this year we are offering a specialised ‘First Aid for Bikers’ course in partnership with Train Aid inc. which is scheduled for the evenings at venues in Stoke, Uttoxeter and Cannock.
Places are going fast so if you’d like to attend follow the link at www.staffsbiker.co.uk/first-aid-for-bikers-courses .
Road Safety Officer
Staffordshire County Council