Free motorbike training sessions for students

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ROAD safety advisors have teamed up with a north Oxfordshire motorcycle training school to help teenagers learn to ride scooters and motorcycles safely.

Teens were involved in more than a quarter of all two-wheeler accidents recorded in Oxfordshire between January 2008 and December 2010, and 44 of the 187 accidents resulted in young people being killed or badly injured.

Banbury firm Bike-Moore is now helping the Oxfordshire Road Safety Team to cut numbers of casualties by offering free sessions to schools, colleges and youth groups.

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, from Oxfordshire County Council, said: “So many accidents are avoidable and it is important that young people learn about responsibility and how to be safe on the roads from an early age, to help give them a safe and secure future.”

The course aims to educate young people on the dangers of riding mopeds, scooters and motorcycles before they take their tests.

Sessions will promote road safety awareness, knowledge and skills, and there will be discussions on road etiquette.

The importance of helmets and protective clothing will be demonstrated, and practical elements will include a blind spot exercise.

The sessions will finish with a road safety quiz, with a prize of a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course supplied by Bike-Moore.

Schools and youth groups can arrange a session by contacting Sarah Gniadek-Pitt at sarah.gniadekpitt@oxfordshire.gov.uk or on 07979 776056 or 01235 771095.