Here at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service we make Road safety a high priority objective. Through a variety of schemes, motorcyclists are an area of road safety that we target as a priority as statistics show they are one of the most unsafe vehicles on the road.
BikeSafe is a police led motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads. We think that riding should be fun and by improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness it will hopefully make riding safer and more enjoyable.
The BikeSafe workshop explores the main issues facing today’s bikers. It also explores the principles of advanced riding through the on-road element. The BikeSafe Observer will give assessment and feedback which will highlight areas where the rider needs to develop. (introduction from BS website)
Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service provide observers from its Firebike team to assist with BikeSafe courses and also provides the venues for the scheme.
We are proud to be working with our partners from Road Safety Wales to deliver this important motorcycle safety program.
Please click here for more information about Bike Safe and details on how to book on a workshop.
Ceredigion and Powys Community Risk Reduction team members are joining forces with Ceredigion and Powys Road Safety teams to deliver “Biker Down” courses throughout the area. The course aims to offer advice to motor cyclists of all ages on what actions to take should a rider have an accident and what to do should they come across an accident involving another motor cyclist. The emphasis will be upon personal and scene safety, basic first aid and advice on ensuring you can be seen by other road users.
Current courses available
- 21st May at Llandrindod Wells
- 18th June at Newtown
Further information about this and subsequent courses is available via the Ceredigion and Powys Community Risk Reduction Teams.
Station Manager Mark Jones – Community Safety Manager
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Telephone: 01792 705286
Watch Manager Wanye Thomas – Community Safety
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Telephone: 01792 705297
Station Manager Steve Rowlands – Community Safety Manager North Powys
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Hi at South Wales Police Mid & West Wales Fire Brigade
I have just attended the Bikesafe Course held at Morriston Fire Station 27th / 28th October
I have written to say how impressed I am with the course. There was an extremely high level of instruction, this instruction was delivered at an interesting pace and level and well suited to all members of the group .
Each day comprised 3-4 hrs of theory, followed by around 3-4hrs practical time spent being assessed by an instructor on the road (where it really counts). This was absolutely invaluable, in addition a 2 – 1 ratio meant the instruction was structured to each riders needs.
I have had round 20 years of experience riding a variety of bikes, through all seasons. Having owned my last bike (a Suzuki GSX750F), for 7 years, I've recently moved up to a Kawasaki ZZR 1400, I wanted to reinforce my basic riding skills and to understand potential routes to advanced motorcycling. I would consider myself a "good" rider, however I learnt a lot in the two days and took a great deal from the course - reading ahead and assessing situations, hazard awareness, adopting safe riding lines and developing a safe progressive riding style.
Without any doubt this course has significantly improved my riding skills and has effectively gifted me a 20% increase in my perceived margin of safety on the road.
What was outstanding about the course, is the incredible value for money offered, I had around 18 hours of first class advanced riding instruction for £30! that’s £1:60 / hour.
The course was run by South Wales Police / Mid And West Fire Brigade , in conjunction with Swansea City / Neath Port Talbot Councils. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved, including the volunteer riders, in providing an enjoyable and memorable weekend – Thank You All
Best Regards, Danny Flynn
This initiative takes place at identified biker assembly venues on popular biker routes in Wales. Along with numerous partners we undertake engagement, education and discussion on the attitudes of the “at risk” bikers. It is designed to break down barriers and steer bikers towards the Bike safe programme.