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Safe Rider Workshops

We offer various workshops for drivers and riders to help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

Safe Rider Scheme

Safe Rider is a joint initiative between Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies which aims to reduce motorcycle casualties.

Our workshops are run over two days and are aimed at all fully qualified riders from post test novices to experienced riders who want to improve their skills to become better and safer riders. The sessions are relaxed and informal:

  • The underlying message of our workshops is that education is the key, not enforcement.
  • In a conflict free environment, riders will be introduced to the police roadcraft system - the corner stone of police riding.
  • The workshop provides individuals with professional advice and confirms their strengths and identifies their weaknesses as a rider.
  • During the road session you will receive a demonstration ride by a police rider and there will be an opportunity to have your riding assessed with written feedback.

The two-day workshop is aimed at riders living in Suffolk and is run with the support of:

Bowers Motorcycles
Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club
Orwells Motorcycles
Suffolk Roadsafe
Suffolk Riders
Suffolk Advanced Motorcyclists

Workshop information

The workshop costs £50 per person and is held at Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich.

It starts on a Friday at 7pm with classroom sessions on the system of road craft, with particular attention given to positioning and cornering.

The next morning, you’ll go on an escorted ride out session with a class one police motorcyclist. A maximum 3:1 ratio ensures an accurate and personalised assessment of your riding performance, which will be explained to you at the end of the session.

This is followed by a light lunch which is included in the cost, and an informative classroom session on collision scene management and first aid provided by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will bring the workshop to an end.

Workshop dates for 2018

The workshop dates for 2018 are:

April 6/7

May 11/12

June 29/30

July 13/14

August 17/18

September 21/22

October 5/6

There is an added incentive to those wishing to attend a course this year, as the first ten people who complete an advanced test following their attendance on a Safe Rider workshop, will have the £50 course fee refunded (thanks to the support of the Copdock Classic Motorcycle Club).

In an effort to encourage more riders under the age of 25 to take the course, they will be able to attend for half price (£25), which will be funded by the Safe Rider scheme.

Further details

If you would like to register for a workshop, The Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Team on 01473 613888 ext 3722 or Kevin Stark on (01473) 613888 Ext 3395 or email: [email protected].


DriveWise is a road safety presentation aimed at young drivers in Suffolk.  The aim of the presentation, which includes videos, slides and interactive voting, is to make people aware of the consequences of dangerous driving.

1 in 3 of all people killed on Suffolk roads in 2015 were aged between 16 and 24. We hope the presentations may go some way to help reduce the casualties within this higher-risk driving group.

Suffolk police would like to hold DriveWise sessions for young people across Suffolk and deliver this important message to as many people as possible.  The sessions have been run in schools throughout the county – with a lot of positive feedback from those involved.

If your school or organisation is interested please get in touch with the Consultation Team by email: [email protected].  

Please include your name and contact details and which organisation you represent.

Please note we will only be able to hold a session if we have sufficient interest.

Be Blue Light Aware

Blue Light Aware is a short video, produced on behalf of the emergency services. Their crews rely on the help of other road users when they're on a 'blue light' journey.

By watching Blue Light Aware, you will better understand their needs, you will be reducing the risks you face, you will be contributing to a safer road environment and you might also be helping to save a life.

Blue Light Aware Video