Motorcycle training course date

Motorcycle safety campaign Operation Zenith has teamed up with the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) and their local groups to hold a motorcycle training course later this month.

Be A Better Biker is a one-day motorcycle safety awareness course which aims to improve the skills, knowledge and hazard awareness of bikers and reduce the number of road traffic collisions involving motorcyclists.

The course features presentations from trained police motorcyclists and a ride out with IAM observers, who will observe the biker’s riding style and offer constructive feedback on how to be safer on the roads.

The day-long course also includes First Aid awareness specially tailored for motorcyclists and a session on motorcycle mechanical awareness.

The special Be A Better Biker course will run on Sunday, July, 28 from 9.30am until 5pm, at Woodhill House on Westburn Road in Aberdeen. There are 12 places available. Places cost £20, the same price as previousBikesafe courses.

Operation Zenith and the IAM have teamed up for a one-off event at the moment but the success of the day will be evaluated, with a view toconsidering further Be A Better Biker events later this year or in 2014.

To book a slot, email leanna.maclarty@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or phone 01224 664235. A packed lunch will be provided.

A copy of your driving licence and proof of insurance and MOT will be required on the day.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “All of the partners involved in the Operation Zenith campaign are committed to road safety and reducing the number of road traffic collisions involving motorcycles in the north-east of Scotland.

“ I am very pleased that we are now working together to offer bikers such a valuable resource.”