Raise Your Ride

Raise Your Ride demonstrate the value of advanced riding techniques.

Raise Your Ride is an initiative run for motorcyclists by motorcyclists; a partnership between Avon and Somerset Police & Somerset Road Safety for delivery across the west of England. Our aim is to raise awareness and demonstrate the value of advanced riding techniques. We are all motorcyclists and ride for various reasons, and we all enjoy our riding. However, it is a fact that as motorcyclists we only make up about 1-2% of the road traffic, depending on weather and time of year, but we represent about 21-23% of the road casualties. Our aim in these sessions is simply to reduce rider casualties.

On attending a Raise Your Ride development experience, you will be introduced to the Police system of motorcycle riding which will include:

• Cornering

• Reading the road

• Planning and hazard avoidance

• Overtaking

• Filtering

This is a unique opportunity to experience an observed ride with either a serving or former Police Advanced Rider who will bring a wealth of experience of riding & collision investigation. The day will be relaxed, and you will receive friendly hints and tips on how to make your ride safer and more enjoyable, with advice on what options are available to enhance your ride for safety and enjoyment.

We cannot expect to make you advanced riders from just these sessions; our aim is to enthuse you to take up further training with organisations such as IAM RoadSmart or RoSPA. What we can promise is that you will leave us with new knowledge to help keep you safe.

The course has a pre-read introduction to systematic riding which will be sent out to you once you have applied for the course you can however take a look here: Raise Your Ride Pre-Read document

The only criteria for attending one of our sessions is that you hold a full cat A or A1 licence and have a motorcycle which can comfortably attain the national speed limit.

The cost of these 1-day workshops is £45* per candidate.

*Residents of South Gloucestershire Council area can take advantage of a subsidised course fee of £20

2021 course dates & locations:

Sunday 25th April 2021             YATE (SOLD OUT)

Sunday 23rd May 2021             WELLINGTON

Sunday 20th June 2021             FROME

Sunday 5th September 2021    YEOVIL

Sunday 10th October 2021       WESTON-SUPER-MARE/CLEVEDON

In addition to these 1-day group ‘workshops’ we offer one to one training for those who wish to have a development package designed to improve performance and increase safety margins. A flexible and client-focussed approach means that the course is tailored to suit the individual rider and their particular needs. 

These courses are available all year round and take the form of a full day, half a day or a full day split between two riders to share costs.

The cost of these 1-1 development sessions is:-

½ day      £80 per person (£45pp if 2 riders)

Full day   £155 pp           (£80pp if 2 riders)

Events are available throughout the Avon and Somerset Police area. For more information on course availability please contact us by email (roadsafety@somerset.gov.uk) or by telephone on 01823 423430.

You can also send a letter enclosing a cheque to Somerset Road Safety, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY. Please fill out the table below and send it complete with your cheque. Please make cheques payable to Somerset County Council.

Course required  
Machine details Make Model Reg No

Alternatively, you can sign up and pay by BACS transfer. 

BACS Payments
Sort code 60-80-06
Account number 70842132
Your reference YOUR NAME
Our reference RYR - 102484

Please see this PDF document to find out more about how you can signup: Raise Your Ride Digital Leaflet

IAM RoadSmart are offering all participants in Raise Your Ride a 10% discount on their advanced Rider Course on presentation of a discount code which will be given when signing up to Raise Your Ride.

We are grateful for our partners' support with this campaign and the upcoming events; please see them below.

Airvest have some information on motorcycle airbags that you can access here.


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