A recent BikeSafe course, in partnership with Gwent Police, was a bit different in that all candidates were either motorcycle instructors or road safety professionals.
The Biketrain Wales team took part in an additional BikeSafe course that was laid on by Gwent Police motorcyclists so that the existing scheduled courses were not inconvenienced, particularly as this year's courses in the region have proved so popular!
The day followed the usual BikeSafe format with a theory session at the Road Safety Centre in Cwmbran followed by a ride-out with a ratio of one police motorcyclist and two riders; one rider leading and one following the police bike. During the series of planned stops, the police bikers gave feedback on riding techniques and the journey as a whole, giving everyone an insight to their capabilities and vulnerabilities whilst the journey was fresh in their minds.
Julian Nicholls of Biketrain Wales said: "As a team of qualified motorcycle instructors, we train at all levels of experience, from beginners to advanced levels. The objective of the BikeSafe course was to introduce an opportunity for my team to have their personal riding skills reviewed and developed. After the course the Biketrain team all agreed that they had learnt from the experience and needed to individually implement the riding techniques demonstrated, into their own daily riding. I have already put my own development needs into practice. I will certainly be recommending BikeSafe as a valuable tool in enhancing motorcycle skills and safety."
Pat Bates from Torfaen County Borough Council said: "Although we are all seasoned riders with well over 250 years riding experience between the 8 candidates, everyone came away with specific points or areas in which we could further improve our riding and therefore our safety. By the way, it was fun too with great camaraderie between us! For leisure riders like myself I say keep alert, ride defensively and go home happy. BikeSafe helps me do that."
For more information on BikeSafe, or to book a course, please go to BikeSafe.co.uk