Family enjoy free motorbike training

A family of motorcycle enthusiasts have benefited from a free day of motorcycle training provided by South Gloucestershire Council.

The course is one of a number of initiatives organised by road safety officers to reduce road casualties amongst motorcyclists by helping to improve rider skills.

Martin Heale and his two sons Daryl and Chris spent a morning in Yate brushing up on their riding theory before going out on the roads with Malcolm Dykes, a retired police advanced motorcycle instructor.

The training day covered advice on good riding techniques and an introduction to advanced riding skills, and the Heales said they enjoyed the day and learned lots of useful information.

Instructor Malcolm Dykes said: “These courses not only improve your safety and awareness on the road but also your enjoyment and efficiency.”

Clllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and the strategic environment, added: “Road safety education and training is a key pillar of the council’s comprehensive and pro-active approach to improving road safety and bring down the number of road casualties.

“I would encourage anybody who rides a motorbike to take up the offer of free training. Even if you have been riding for many years; riders can benefit from improving existing skills to increased awareness of hazards on the road and how to deal with other road users.”

All of the instructors who run the training are keen, experienced bikers who enjoy getting out on the road and will provide advice and guidance on modifying your technique to achieve smoother, safer and trouble free riding.

The courses are open to riders of all types of bikes. To find out more, or to book a free place, motorcyclists should contact 01454 863749 or email

The next courses take place on September 20 and October 3.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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