Take Control in Shropshire: Get the skills your bike deserves!

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A new skills enhancement course for motorcyclists and moped riders has been launched in Shropshire by the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia with support from specialist driver training organisation, the TTC Group.

The ‘Take Control’ scheme is available to all riders of mopeds, scooters and motorbikes in West Mercia looking to enhance their skills and become a better, more confident, rider. The course is aimed at beginners and experienced riders alike, and is tailored to the needs of individual riders.

Take Control is subsidised by the Safer Roads Partnership, with support from Shropshire’s TTC Group, and offers great value when compared to the usual cost of motorcycle or moped skills training. Riders of mopeds, scooters and smaller bikes can book a half day course for £25 and riders of 125s and larger motorbikes can enjoy a full day for only £50.

Anna Higgins of the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia said:

This is a great opportunity for riders to get ready for the 2012 biking season.  It’s advisable to check your bike over before you take it out after the winter, so why not brush up on your riding skills at the same time? Even the most experienced rider can benefit from the course, learning new techniques and skills.

“Shropshire is a very popular area for bikers and, as such, attracts many riders to the area. Unfortunately, over the past three years* in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin there have been 22 fatalities and 127 serious injuries following collisions involving motorcyclists. Take Control allows riders to enhance their skills to improve their own safety on the roads over the motorcycling season. Part of our overall Think Bike campaign is to not only provide this subsidised training for motorbike riders, but to also raise awareness among other motorists about the importance of looking out for motorbikes.”

Graham Wynn, chairman of the TTC Group said “We are extremely pleased to be able to contribute towards a proactive training scheme which will help save lives. Enabling motorcyclists to enhance their skills will undoubtedly save more families from the heartache of hearing the devastating news that their loved one has been killed in a motorbike collision.

“Our organisation educates drivers and riders nationwide to reduce collisions on our roads and the Take Control scheme from the Safer Roads Partnership is extremely worthwhile and we are very proud to be associated with it.”

Take Control courses are delivered by RMT Motorcycle Training and are available across the West Mercia area, which includes Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Visit www.rmtnet.co.uk/take-control for more information. To book a place, call 01527 500 333 or email takecontrol@rmtnet.co.uk

To be eligible for Take Control, you must be over the age of 16 years and own your own moped, scooter or motorbike and have adequate protective clothing. Moped riders must have passed their CBT (Compulsory Basic Training).

The Safer Roads Partnership is part of West Mercia Police and works in partnership with nine partner agencies to reduce casualties and make the roads safer for all users in West Mercia through targeted communication, education and training together with enforcement.

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