It’s time to Raise your Ride!

Somerset County Council’s road safety team, along with Avon and Somerset Police have launched Raise your Ride, an exciting new initiative for motorcyclists.

Somerset Road Safety want to raise awareness of advanced riding techniques across the West of England; motorcyclists make up only c. 1-2% of traffic, but they represent c. 21-23% of all road casualties in the UK.

Raise your Ride will be carried out in the form of public events in various locations, delivering the necessary knowledge and theory for attendees who can then apply what they have learned to their commute or their leisure on their bikes.

The first event in Yate, South Gloucestershire on Sunday 25 April is sold out, but the next three events are being hosted within Somerset’s boundaries over the summer before the last event takes place on the 10th of October in North Somerset.

The next event to sign up for is in Wellington on Sunday 23 May, and after that Frome plays host on Sunday 20 June, and then after the summer holidays Raise your Ride will be hosted in Yeovil on Sunday 5 September.

The cost for the day is £45 per person. All you need to bring to the event is a full Cat A or A1 licence and a motorcycle that can comfortably reach the national speed limit.

A spokesperson for Somerset Road Safety said: “Raise your Ride is a truly great initiative and it is great that we have collaborated with the Police and many other partners regionally to deliver this important knowledge to the public.

“All the events in Somerset are currently open to the public and we encourage any motorcyclists to sign up and make our roads a safer place.”

Our webpage has a very important pre-read document, a Raise your Ride digital leaflet and all of our payment details, so please head to http://somersetroadsafety.org/page/raise-your-ride/124/ to sign up.

You can also email roadsafety@somerset.gov.uk or you can telephone 01823 423430 to find out about course availability.

Somerset Road Safety provides advice to thousands every year through educational events; they run Bikeability courses for school children and train School Crossing Patrols.

Please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org for more information and follow them on social media – Somerset Road Safety on Facebook, @SCC_RoadSafety on Twitter and @somersetroadsafety on Instagram.