Dales motorcyclists invited to take part in safety challenge

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership will be running a rider safety stall at the finals of Triskelion Motorcycle Training’s Slow Speed Challenge on Sunday.

Andy Adlington, the partnership’s motorcycle project officer, said: “It’s great that this event is raising awareness of the importance of being able to manoeuvre safely at slow speeds on a bike. It can be tricky to keep your balance and riders often struggle in heavy traffic and at awkward junctions.”

Andy added: “Bikers love the Derbyshire countryside because it offers great rides – but too many of them are running into trouble.

“We’re hoping to talk to lots of visitors about how to stay safe while motoring on two wheels. We have limited supplies of some of the items we’ve got to give away so it’s first come, first served!”

Visitors to the partnership stall will be able to:

enter a prize draw run by motorcycle clothing company Airvest for the chance to win one of their inflatable safety vests

pick up a free Think Bike, Think Biker car sticker

find out more about £50 BikeSafe workshops for qualified riders who want to improve their skills (www.bikesafe.co.uk)

find out about SHARP, the government’s safety rating scheme for motorcycle helmets

find out more about Derbyshire Bikers – the partnership’s facebook page for motorcyclists (www.facebook.com/derbyshirebikers)

The Slow Speed Challenge forms part of Triskelion Motorcycle Training’s open day. The event is taking place at the company’s training centre at the Clocktower Business Centre on Works Road in Hollingwood.

The open day starts at 11am and the Slow Speed Challenge will begin at 2pm.

Entry to the event is free. There will be a raffle and a tombola to raise money for the region’s air ambulance charity and Dravet Syndrome UK, which supports people who suffer from a severe form of epilepsy.