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New campaign targets young motorcyclists in Lichfield and Burntwood

Young bikers across Lichfield and Burntwood are being targeted in a series of campaigns to help promote safer riding on roads across Staffordshire.

Bikers taking their CBT

Bikers taking their CBT

Riders aged 16 to 21 are being offered a £50 voucher off the cost of their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course which allows them to ride legally.

To receive the voucher, they must attend a two-hour workshop which offers advice on safer riding, rules of the road and an overview of the Highway Code. The workshops aim to better prepare young bikers for life on the road.

The campaigns are being co-ordinated by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.

Cllr Helen Fisher, Cabinet member responsible for highways and transport at Staffordshire County Council, said: “While we have seen a reduction in motorcycle casualties over the last 10 years which is encouraging news, we want to reduce this even further.

“Young bikers are particularly at risk on the roads and our campaigns will help make them better, safer riders.

“Having to only complete the CBT before embarking on their riding life means young riders are very inexperienced with little knowledge of the Highway Code and the rules of the road. The new workshops will not only give them the extra knowledge and skills to keep them safe but they’ll save money on the cost of the course too.”

The first two workshops will be held at Cannock Fire Station from 6.30pm to 9pm on June 1 and Burton Fire Station from 6.30pm to 9pm on June 8. To book a place email bikers@staffordshire.gov.uk or call Kevin Wilcox on 07855 336922.

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