November 18 2014.

A diverse range of speakers addressed delegates at the 2015 National Motorcycle Safety Seminar which was hosted by Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Fire Bike Team in Stevenage on 11 November.

The seminar, designed to bring road safety professionals together to share best practice, was well attended by representatives from a wide range of organisations from around the UK with an interest in motorcycle safety.

The seminar facilitator Tony Smith, from Hertfordshire’s Fire Bike Team, said: “We had overwhelming interest (in the seminar) and are particularly pleased at the wide range of organisations represented.

“It was great to see fire and police officers sitting beside the DfT, the IAM, RoSPA, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and a number of charity and business organisations all working to reduce the numbers of motorcyclists involved in serious accidents on our roads.”

Presentations included: an overview of the Biker Down initiative by Kent Fire & Rescue Service; Vikkie Judd from the DfT spoke about recent and future THINK! campaign work; Alex Stedmon from Coventry University gave a presentation on the work he has carried out around ‘Rider Human Factors’; Kevin Williams from Survival Skills Advanced Training gave a history of motorcycle safety with a look at the likely direction of future campaigns; and Matt Staton finished the day with an overview of Cambridgeshire County Council’s current ‘Twist’ campaign.

Simon Brown, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue’s lead officer for citizen safety, said: “The road safety landscape is complex with many different stakeholders.

“The seminar allowed many of these national and local, public, private, academic and third sector stakeholders to come together and share experiences and good practice.

“The seminar also presented opportunities for discussion on how to achieve even better collaboration between agencies despite continuing pressure on budgets and resources.”

Tony Smith concluded: “The seminar has allowed us to make several new contacts and learn a much wider range of skills for both targeting motorcyclists and getting our key messages across.

“As a result we will be working much closely with our police colleagues, particularly those in the road collision investigation unit who came along and gained a lot from the day.”

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