If you were the first on the scene of an accident involving a biker, would you know what to do? Would you know who is most at risk, how to protect the area or whether you should remove the helmet of a downed rider?
Actions taken in the first few moments after an accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved. But there can be some uncertainty about what to do in these situations.
Biker Down is a free training course run by bikers for bikers, designed to answer these uncertainties. The course uses the expertise of the emergency services and Road Safety Officers to prepare motorcyclists should the worst happen on the roads.
This is a FREE three hour course that covers the following topics:
- Crash Scene Management – advice from emergency service personnel on how to protect a casualty and other road users who may have stopped to assist.
- Casualty Care – a motorcycle specific input, looking at basic lifesaving skills such as CPR, airway management and helmet removal (when & how).
- The Science of Being Seen – a session looking at conspicuity issues and the classic SMIDSY situations.
Watch the video below for a taster of what the course covers.
Biker Down Courses 2023
In 2023 we have decided to advertise and manage our Biker Down course on Eventbrite, more dates will be added as the year continues.
Biker Down feedback
“I though the course was excellent and I very much appreciated it. I even had a chance to put a little part of it into practice yesterday when one of my ride out team broke down and I managed to get the guys who had stopped with him to move their bikes which were not in the best place – just round a corner. A small thing that I might not have thought of without your insight”
BikeSafe is a national police run motorcycle initiative, aimed at working with motorcycle riders in a relaxed environment to raise awareness of the importance and value of progressing on to accredited post-test training.
BikeSafe workshops involve an observed ride with a police graded motorcyclist or approved BikeSafe observer. With some local variation, BikeSafe workshops aim to cover: rider attitude, systematic methods, collision causation, cornering, positioning, overtaking, observation, braking, hazard perception and use of gears.
A new and exciting project for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service which is supported by the York & North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership. FireBike sets out to Reduce Injuries by Direct Engagement (RIDE) with motorcyclists and other road users by being at the very heart of community events and connecting directly with bikers at specific motorcycle meeting points.
The FireBike team is made up of Fire Service personnel who each bring expert knowledge of the emergency services alongside a passion for motorcycles and rider safety with the sole objective of promoting road safety through education and training.