[C]umbria Police have received a new Kawasaki ZZR Performance Sport motorcycle to help them deliver their BikeSafe messages across Cumbria.
The bike, which is on loan from J&L Motorcycles in Carlisle, has been decorated in police livery by Cubby’s Signs.
The ZZR will be used by Cumbria Police motorcyclists throughout the rest of 2016 to deliver BikeSafe workshops across the county.
BikeSafe is a national initiative that encourages post-test rider training. Workshops cost just £10 and are part-theory and part-on-road assessment. Feedback is delivered by police riders and motorcyclists from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who are registered policing volunteers.
The scheme has already proved popular so far this year with two workshops having already been delivered in Penrith and Kendal. The next workshop is also fully booked but there are still a number of places on workshops up until September in Workington, Kendal and Carlisle that can be booked.
Inspector Jo House, BikeSafe Co-ordinator, said: “The aim of BikeSafe is to prevent motorcyclists from becoming a collision statistic. The stats speak for themselves, a third of all motorcycle collisions involve just the rider and their bike. This means, as riders, we need to take responsibility for our own safety. By having one of us observe and feedback on your ride, it can help identify where you can improve.
“We all develop bad habits over time so it is important to keep refreshing your skills, learning something new and finding ways to stay safe.
“Those who have been on BikeSafe are the people you need to ask if it is worth coming along. We get excellent feedback and I really believe it is of benefit. I have been involved with BikeSafe since 2009 and I have remained involved because, not only am I passionate about motorcycles, I am also passionate about road safety. If you can take just one thing from a workshop, that one day may keep you safe, then it’s worth the effort and not to mention the small fee of just £10.
“J&L Motorcycles have been supporting BikeSafe for over a decade now and we are extremely grateful of their support.”
The ZZR will be at the remaining workshops this year and it will also be making appearances at some well-known biker friendly venues across Cumbria.
Places on each workshop are limited, so riders are urged to book quickly to avoid missing out. A full list of workshop dates and to book please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk.