Bikers learn the ropes at clinics

NORTHUMBRIA Police is gearing up to help cut the number of motorcycle crashes on the region’s roads this summer.

As part of the force’s drive to encourage safe riding, Northumbria Police will be conducting two cornering clinics over the coming weeks.

The aim is to give riders the chance to improve their skills, while receiving expert advice and guidance. The presentations will also be supported by advanced motorcyle observers and assessors from Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists, a local group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The clinics will be held at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, West Hartford Business Park, Cramlington, on Saturday, April 21, and Saturday, May 19, both at 10am. The clinics are free and last about two hours. There is no need to pre-book.

PC Richie Eccleston, from the force’s Road Safety Unit, said: “Safe bikers are welcomed by Northumbria Police and what we are trying to do is help people get the most from their bikes without getting hurt or causing problems for others.

“These events have proved very popular in the past and we want to give people the chance to develop their skills or learn new ones in a safe environment before going out onto the region’s roads.”