A free training course for motorcyclists is to be held in Aberystwyth Fire Station on 13 December from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Biker Down is a training course to help motorcyclists gain skills should they be 'first at the scene' of a road accident involving another biker. The course uses the expertise of the Emergency Services and Road Safety Officers to prepare motorcyclists should the worst happen on the roads.

As bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, when one is involved in a collision, the first person on the scene may well be a fellow biker. Actions taken in the first few moments after a collision can be crucial in minimising injuries and can make a real difference to the lives of those involved.

There may be some uncertainty about what to do in these situations. Biker Down is run by bikers for bikers, designed to answer any of these uncertainties. The course is delivered by Nigel Bowden from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Ken Huntley, an Advanced Driving Instructor and Enhanced Rider Scheme trainer. The course is organised by Ceredigion County Council’s Road Safety Team.

The course contains three modules which are Incident Scene Management, First Aid and the Science of Being Seen.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Environmental Services said, “Statistics sadly show that although motorcyclists account for a small percentage of traffic in Wales, they represent a far higher share of killed or seriously injured casualties. Being prepared for every eventuality is essential as a motorcyclist. This course offers people the chance to learn the practical skills needed, should they find themselves the first on the scene of a crash.”

Thanks to Road Safety Grant funding from Welsh Government, the course is free of charge. On completion of the course, the participants will get a free first aid kit.

To book a place on the Biker Down course, call 01545 570881 or use the online contact form on the Ceredigion County Council website.