Gloucestershire's Better Biking Courses
Gloucestershire Constabulary has been running 2 day better biking training (in-house) since 1978. The course is specifically for those riders who have already passed their DOT test and want to improve their standards/ability.
The first day is classroom based theory; covering thinking in a systematic manner, use of observation, gears and braking, bends and corners and over taking.
On the second day the group goes out on the 'open road' and puts the theory into practice, introducing the participants to the police style of riding, using machines 125cc and above.
The better biking course is aimed at full licence holders, it is designed to enhance existing skills and will act as an introduction to advanced riding. The courses are supported by members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Advanced riders are observers for the practical session.
What makes a good rider?
- A good level of attention
- Accurate observation
- Matching the vehicle's speed and direction to the situation
- Awareness of risks inherent in particular road and traffic situations.
- Aware of own limitations and those of other vehicles on the road
- Skillful use of controls
To apply for a place on a course, please look at the BikeSafe website for information and enrolment details (Tel 08444 151206).
Some aspects of the theory of riding will be left to you to study at home, the Highway Code, Roadcraft, Not the Blue Book and Know your Traffic Signs are publications which can be purchased and would allow you to study the theory of motorcycling.
Copies of The Highway Code and Motorcycle Roadcraft will be given to clients attending workshops, kindly donated by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, see here for their website..
The cost is £25 per person. This includes morning tea/coffee on the first Sunday and a buffet lunch on both days.
Courses are held at SkillZONE, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester GL4 0AS.
This is not the Community Fire Station but next door - access is from Tuffley Lane only.
Workshops and ride outs
9am - 4pm on the first day in the classroom. The second day is 'out on the road'.
BikeSafe Workshop dates for 2013
- Sunday 14th & 21st April
- Sunday 19th & 26th May
- Sunday 11th & 18th Aug
- Sunday 8th & 15th Sept
- Sunday 13th & 20th Oct
You can also purchase a BikeSafe Gift Voucher which can be used as either full or part payment and can be redeemed against a workshop with the chosen Police Force. Please see the national BikeSafe website for this new development.(A link is at the bottom of this page).
The booking service policy is that any rider can receive one free transfer providing they contact us prior to the workshop date
For further information please contact:
Please look at the BikeSafe website for information and enrolment details (Tel 08444 151206)
The local BikeSafe coordinator is:-
PC Simon Ross (Rossy)