People living or working in Bath and North East Somerset are being offered the chance to take part in free motorbike training courses, in a bid to improve safety on the roads.
The one-day courses are being provided by Bath & North East Somerset Council in collaboration with the West of England Partnership.
The Commuter and Rural Motorcycle Rider Awareness training courses (MRA) are suitable for riders of all abilities and levels of experience and provide essential theory and comprehensive practical training.
The Commuter course is recommended for those who ride motorbikes to commute to work or use them during the course of their working day.
The aim is to raise awareness of the potential dangers increased traffic volumes on roads bring to motorcyclists. The practical side of this particular course takes place in town.
The Rural Motorcycle course is aimed at people who generally ride for leisure purposes. This course focuses on negotiating corners, tricky bends, country lanes, blind spots and much more.
Cllr Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge), Cabinet Member for Transport said: “We want to try to ensure motorbike riders stay safe on our roads.
“These courses are designed to give riders the skills they need to anticipate dangers and react to them in a safe and controlled manner.
“I’d urge anyone who rides a motorbike and lives or works in the area to take advantage of these free courses. They could save your life.”
Both courses are proving very popular and have been well received. Some of those who attended said:
“A great day’s training. The motorcycle training was excellent, relevant and really should be compulsory for those who commute by means of motorcycle each day” Gary Ward.
“An enjoyable and informative day. The trainer was excellent and patient and catered for our varying abilities and experience. I would recommend this course irrespective of their experience” – Chris Weston.
The courses run until March 2016.
For further information or to reserve a place on either of the courses email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01225 394259.