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Biker Down - road safety for bikers

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users with even slow speed incidents leading to devastating consequences. 

If you were first on the scene of an accident involving a biker, would you know what to do? 

Developed by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, currently 40 Fire and Rescue Services run the Biker Down course across the UK. 

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Would you know who is most at risk, how to protect the area or whether you should remove the helmet of a rider?

The quick response actions taken in the first few moments after an accident can be crucial in minimising injuries and make the biggest difference to the lives of those involved.

Biker Down is a free training course run by bikers, for bikers, to give you the confidence to respond if faced with an accident. It’s open to all ages, abilities, licence types and pillion passengers.

The course is delivered by operational firefighters, emergency services personnel and volunteers, who have a passion for motorbiking and improving safety. 

The course offers bikers the chance to learn practical skills to help avoid being involved in a crash, as well as essential first-aid training and advice about what they should do if they find themselves first on scene of a crash. 

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Bike Down course overview

The FREE three hour course covers:

  • Crash Scene Management – delivered by Fire Service Incident Commanders, information is given on how to protect a casualty and other road users who may have stopped, to keep everyone else as safe as possible.
  • First Aid for Motorcyclists – Delivered by operational crews and volunteers with a First Aid background. Covering Basic Life Support (CPR), Major Blood loss & Helmet removal.
  • The Science of Being Scene – Delivered by an experienced motorcyclist. Looking a little deeper into how you can be as safe as possible when out riding.

The three workshops are delivered over evening or weekend sessions held at Winchester and Basingstoke Fire Station.  

For the latest information about course dates and locations please visit: Biker Down Hampshire on Facebook or email if you have any questions. 

Current planned dates:

Sunday 30th June at Basingstoke Fire Station

Saturday 5th October at Basingstoke Fire Station

Saturday 6th July Bikefest 2019 – Worthies Sport & Social Club, Winchester – Come and say hello to the team at this charity event for 1000 bikes & 100 classic cars open to the public. 

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Other motorcycle training opportunities

IAM Ridesmart Solent

A motorcycling group affiliated to IAM RoadSmart, they have training teams based in the New Forest, Southampton, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Winchester, Andover and Portsmouth. 

Their main aim is to promote safer riding and to equip riders with motorcycling skills for life. For more information click here:

IAM Thames Vale Advanced Motorcyclists

Thames Vale Advanced Motorcyclists are dedicated to improving riding standards and safety for all motorcyclists in the Thames Valley area.

Their aim is to get the most out of motorcycling, enjoy a range of social and biking activities whilst improving our personal safety and riding skills. For more information click here: 

Bike Safe

Bike Safe is a police led motorcyclist, assessment and referral scheme. 

The aim of Bike safe is to encourage you to take advantage of accredited post-test training and to encourage positive rider behaviour and attitudes. For more information click here:

Enhanced Rider Scheme

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)) enhanced rider scheme checks your motorcycle riding skills and provides training to help you improve. For more information click here:

ROSPA Advanced Drivers & Riders

ROSPA provide advanced driving and riding tuition and road safety advice. For more information click here: