With the growing number of motorcycles on local roads, the Borders Group of Advanced Motorcyclists is hosting a special training session.
Run under the banner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), in conjunction with the emergency services and Scottish Borders Council, the event at Galashiels Fire Station on Saturday, April 4, is to raise awareness of bikes and recruit new candidates for IAM training through a sponsorship scheme similar to that for young drivers last year.
There will be free assessed rides (Ride Scotfree) with qualified observers after which organisers hope to sign up people for the Skills for Life Package – SBC and the police are underwriting the first 20 people for free training.
Borders GP Dr Richard Leaver, himself a keen motorcyclist, is one of those from the Borders Group of Advanced Motorcyclists helping stage the event.
“Normally the 10-week training courses cost £149, but police and SBC are funding 20 places,” Dr Leaver explained.
“What bikers need to do is come along and put their name down. They will have to pay for the course up front, but if one of the 20 selected, that will be refunded.
“The event is open to all age groups of bikers, but ideally they should have at least six months or a year of riding under their belts and must hold a full bike licence.
“There’s now a lot of what’s called ‘born again bikers’ on the roads, yet the average modern 500cc machine is way above the capabilities of many of these riders if they don’t have appropriate training.”
For information or to book a place contact 0300 303 1134 (quote BBOD) or just turn up on the day at 9.30am.