RideBy5 – Information, Position, Speed, Gear and Acceleration.

0883-06_N043As motorbikes are dusted off to ride in the summer months, Staffordshire Police are urging riders to hone their skills to keep them safe.

The Pathway to Rider Development initiative has been developed with the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership to help reduce even further the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the road.

Whilst all casualties are reducing Staffordshire County Council’s road casualty review 2013 shows that motorcyclists still account for 28% of persons killed or seriously injured on our roads but only account for 1% of traffic.

Police motorcyclists are trained in advance riding techniques and hope to help other riders increase their skills and abilities to help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured.

The name RideBy5 is developed from the system of control used whilst riding/driving: Information, Position, Speed, Gear and Acceleration.

PC John Edmondson, from the force’s Tactical Policing Team, said: “The Rideby5 workshop is designed to encourage riders to take a look at their own skills and abilities, if necessary to guide them into further tuition to bring their skills up to a higher standard.

“We have found there are a number of riders on the county’s roads that have never taken on any further training or even had their riding assessed since passing the full motorcycle test, in many cases a period of more than 30 years.

“It is helpful to all riders, and in particular those who tend to only ride during the summer months as they can be more vulnerable.”

Stage 1 of the Pathway – RideBy5, will be run by police motorcyclists from the Tactical Policing Team and consists of a one-hour classroom session with a presentation that highlights techniques such as cornering, positioning, overtaking, junctions and hazard perception.

This will be followed by a practical one-to-one assessment with an officer who will follow, monitor and assess the rider’s skills and abilities. The rider will be given constructive and fair feedback and a certificate of completion.

The feedback information will then be given to Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership who will look to inviting the riders to Stage 2 and Stage 3, where they will be able to work to attaining a higher level of riding skills.

Anyone who is interested in attending Stage 1 RideBy5 is asked to contact PC 965 John Edmondson or PC 4600 Duncan Stephenson by emailing them on RideBy5@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

(article sourced from http://www.staffordshire.police.uk )

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