Suffolk Safe Rider workshop dates released

We are proud to support the Suffolk Safe Rider scheme, aimed at cutting motorbike casualties, so here are the dates of this year’s workshops.

The scheme, run by Suffolk police motorcyclists, is aimed at fully-qualified riders, from those who have just passed their test, to experienced bikers who want to improve their skills to become better and safer riders.

The workshops comprise a Friday evening at Martlesham Heath police HQ, on the outskirts of Ipswich, and a Saturday daytime riding session accompanied by a police motorcyclist.

The dates for 2024 are:

  • 22-23 March
  • 26-27 April
  • 17-18 May
  • 14-15 June
  • 5-6 July
  • 2-3 August
  • 20-21 September
  • 11-12 October

The training is about education, not enforcement, with riders introduced to the police Roadcraft system – the cornerstone of police riding – and includes a demonstration ride by a police officer.

The Friday evening session focuses on Roadcraft, particularly positioning and cornering.

Participants’ riding skills will be assessed on the Saturday and they will be given professional advice to confirm their strengths and identify any weaknesses. Each police motorcyclist will accompany up to three riders.

Workshops cost £50, with a 50% discount for riders under the age of 25. 

The team at Orwell can vouch for how useful the course is – most of the biker-riding members of staff have completed the Safe Rider training.

To book, email the road casualty reduction team at or phone PC Steve Griggs on 01473 613888 extension 3722.

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