BikeSafe scheme returns for NW 200

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The PSNI’s Road Policing Unit will be taking their BikeSafe Roadshow to the North West 200 motorcycle races this week.

The initiative aims to increase the awareness of motorcyclists of safety and good road craft.

The events will include assessments and rideouts and will take place daily, leaving from the paddock at the start/finish area of the race circuit.

BikeSafe events are free of charge, and are operated on a first come first served basis. They provide motorcyclists with a unique opportunity to have their riding and road craft assessed by an advanced police motorcyclist.

Inspector John Millar said: “During the ride-outs, an advanced police motorcyclist assesses machine knowledge, hazard awareness, safety at junctions, cornering, and overtaking and will encourage riders to use a riding plan. The plan poses a number of simple yet revealing questions for riders to consider when on the road. ‘What can I see?’ ‘What can’t I see?’ ‘What is likely to happen? What can I do about it’?

“The assessment is not a test, nor is it training. It provides advice and an assessment of a rider’s capabilities and it is open to all, from the complete novice to the experienced motorcyclist.”

The RPU have linked in with BMW and Honda, who will have some of their top machines on show.