BikeSafe: A stepping stone to advanced motorcycling

BikeSafe with fire engine

Published on 19 March 2018 by Robert Drane

BikeSafe’s police motorcyclists offer workshops throughout the UK to help you get more from your riding – plus they’re the perfect stepping stone to an advanced riding course

Compared to other road users, motorcyclists need an extra level of skill and awareness. So, whether you have just passed your test or been riding for years, it’s useful to top up your skills every now and then. BikeSafe exists to do just that.

Led by the police, BikeSafe is a not-for-profit assessment and referral scheme. It helps riders improve their skills in workshops that combine both theory and practical teaching, focusing on encouraging positive riding behaviours and attitudes.

BikeSafe workshop 

Learning your A, B, C

During a BikeSafe workshop, motorcyclists are taught both the theory of safe motorcycling and the practical side, often followed up by an on-road assessed ride. Workshops focus on hazard awareness and other useful safety skills that professional police motorcyclists use every day. BikeSafe assessors then supply constructive feedback about your strengths and weaknesses riding on two wheels.

As the scheme is delivered by road safety professionals, the information you receive from BikeSafe is vast. Attendees usually come from a wide range of backgrounds and workshops can serve as a useful stepping stone to advanced riding courses, such as the BMF’s Blue Riband award.

BikeSafe workshops are run throughout spring and summer every year and, as it’s operated through the police, you can find it in locations throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

BikeSafe practical session 

Be a better rider

BikeSafe takes the attitude that the first step to becoming a better motorcyclist is to become a safer rider. It says that the majority of road accidents involving motorcycles are avoidable and it exists to reduce motorcycle casualties on UK roads.

Spaces are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. It is essential that you’ve passed your motorcycle test to register.

To book a BikeSafe workshop, visit