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:
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 2020 (Some dates cancelled due to COVID-19)
The workshop dates for 2020 are:
March 27th/28th - cancelled
April 24th/25th - cancelled
May 15th/16th - cancelled
June 19th/20th - cancelled
July 31st/August 1st
Further dates may be cancelled if required. If you are interested in taking the course, please make contact and you will be added to a mailing list and notified when the course is up and running again.
The first six riders under 25 are free. Thereafter it will be 50% off for riders under the age of 25.
If you would like to register for a workshop, email: [email protected] or Alternatively you can call PC Andy Masterson in The Road Casualty Reduction Team on 01473 613888 ext 3722
We would like to say a big thank you to PC 1172 Kevin Stark who has spent the last 15 years running Safe Rider, he has now left the running with us to continue his good work and dedication of Suffolk Police’s drive to reduce KSI’s.
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 your local SNT here.
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
I wanted to express my gratitude to you and your team after attending the recent Safe Rider course. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it extremely useful and the ride with Steve was a revelation and great fun, making progress safely. It has certainly spurred me on to take the training further and I hope to take my IAM test next year through the Suffolk Advanced Motocycling club.
Please pass on my thanks to Steve Griggs
Your recent email to Andrew Masterson has been brought to my attention and I wanted to write to you personally and thank you for your complimentary remarks about the Saferider Workshops.
Suffolk Constabulary continually strives to deliver the best possible service and it is both reassuring and gratifying to receive such supportive comments.
Thank you for taking the time to write.
GARETH WILSON – CHIEF CONSTABLE
Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the Saferider Course on Friday/Saturday, I found it informative and I learned that my riding is a bit “Old School” so I will be practicing the "new to me" techniques that you and your team taught as well as what I learned from watching others ride, especially Simon Myall who took me out for the assessment ride.
Simon does make progress look regal like the swan on the pond where all the activity is hidden, I on the other hand am still at the Ugly Duckling stage but I am sure I will keep improving.
Thanks again to you, Simon and all the team who gave all of us a warm welcome, took the time to impart their knowledge to us, and shared our common interest in Motorbikes