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Campaign launches to keep young bikers safe

Young bikers from across Staffordshire are being targeted in a series of campaigns to help promote safer riding on the county’s roads.

They are being offered a £50 voucher off the cost of their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course which allows them to ride on the roads.

To receive the voucher, they must attend a two-hour pre-CBT workshop which offers advice on safer riding, rules of the road and an overview of the Highway Code.

The workshop is open to young people aged 15 to 21 from across the county and will take place at Burton Fire Station on Friday 6 July, from 6.30pm to 9pm. Places are limited and young people need to book by emailing bikers@staffordshire.gov.uk or by contacting Kevin Wilcox on 07855 336922. The latest campaign is being co-ordinated by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership and Cabinet Member for Highways at Staffordshire County Council, Helen Fisher explained that the county continues to have some of the safest roads in the country which is something the County Council has worked hard to achieve.

Helen said:

“While we have seen a reduction in motorcycle casualties over the last 10 years which is encouraging news, we want to reduce this even further.  Young bikers are particularly vulnerable and at risk on the roads and our new workshops will not only give them the extra knowledge and skills to keep them safe but they’ll save money on the cost of their CBT too.”

The Young Biker BBQs which are also running over the summer will give riders a further opportunity to get advice from the road safety team and meet other partners and fellow bikers. The next event will be held at Port Vale FC on Wednesday 4 July from 6pm to 9pm.

Other initiatives to improve the safety of young bikers include the ‘The Adventures of Biker Jack’ mobile app, with more advice, videos and a Face Mat competition run through the ‘StaffsBikerJack Facebook page.

Further details on the campaigns are also available on www.staffsyoungriders.co.uk