Learn new bike skills in York for free this week

North Yorks police scheme offers free assessed rides

BIKERS are being offered free life-saving advice from a range of top riding experts on the BikeSafe assessment ride in York this week.

All riders have to do is book a free assessment ride starting in York on Saturday 4 August. Their skills will be observed and then evaluated by Police motorcyclists and other advanced riders, who will give straight-from-the-shoulder evaluation and positive advice.

The day of free advice is based at A1 Moto Services, Technology House, Lawrence Street, York, YO10 3BU on Saturday 4 August between 10am to 4pm.

The North Yorkshire Police Bike Safe team, supported by York Advanced Motorcyclists, will be offering tips and an assessed ride to improve riding skills.

Free assessed rides will be on offer to anyone who attends on their bike.

Sgt Pete Mason, who heads the county's Bike Safe initiative, said: "Come along for an informal chat and have your riding skills looked at. You might just pick up some tips that could prevent a crash."

To pre-book an assessed ride, which will last for approximately 1 hour, please contact Sgt Mason on northyorkshirepolice@bikesafe.co.uk or phone 01904 618 870.

Visitors attending will also be invited to sign up to a Bike Safe skills workshop, based at Thirsk. The last workshop for this season is on Sunday 02 September (9am to 3pm) and costs £50.

The workshop includes a presentation in the morning and a two-hour assessed ride in the afternoon. Attendees receive a free goody bag containing informative DVD's and a £25 voucher towards IAM or RoSPA membership aimed at further improving riding skills. Sgt Mason says: "Anyone who has passed their test can attend. We cater for all skill levels. The workshop will improve you riding and your enjoyment."