Road safety initiatives

Take part on the Biker Down course, or book an #ItCanWait session, which both aim to reduce the number of collisions on Suffolk's roads through education.

Being a member of the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership Board, we work collaboratively to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Suffolk’s roads.

We do this by offering road safety education to all members of the public, focusing specifically on pre-drivers/young drivers and motorcyclists.

Road safety for motorcyclists

The FireBike Project

Our FireBike team attends events and biker gatherings throughout Suffolk and the Eastern Region, to talk to riders about road safety.

The team engages with motorcyclists, discussing aspects of motorcycling, including:

  • safer attitudes
  • road craft
  • advanced skills options
  • safer PPE
  • bike maintenance

Pit Stop events are also held, where riders can stop off from their journey and talk about the risks they face on the road.

Biker Down training course

bikerdown logoAs bikers tend to ride in groups or pairs, it is usually the case that when one is involved in an incident, the first person on the scene will be a fellow biker.

Biker Down is a free awareness raising course for bikers, created by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, and consists of 3 modules:

  • Incident scene management
    A presentation about on-scene management and personal safety for bikers discovering a crash involving a fellow biker.
  • Casualty care
    Instructors from the FireBike team with motorcycle first aid specific expertise cover trauma and mechanism of injury, including snatch rescues, basic life support, CPR, managing spinal injuries and crash helmet removal.
  • The science of being seen
    Instruction and advice from the FireBike team on being conspicuous. As well as discussing phenomena such as 'motion camouflage' and 'looming', including tips on what you can do to be seen, without the need to cover yourself in luminous yellow.

We offer this course to all bikers, of all standards and experience.

Upcoming Biker Down training courses

Our 2019 Biker Down dates have been released! We have the following courses being delivered across Suffolk:

DateLocationTime
16 March 2019 Bury St Edmunds Fire Station 10am to 1:30pm
29 April 2019 Ipswich East Fire Station 6:30pm to 10pm
18 May 2019 Lowestoft South Fire Station 10am to 1:30pm
3 June 2019 Bury St Edmunds Fire Station 6:30pm to 10pm
20 July 2019 Ipswich East Fire Station 10am to 1:30pm
19 August 2019 Lowestoft South Fire Station 6:30pm to 10pm
14 September 2019 Ipswich East Fire Station 10am to 1:30pm

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The Biker Down course is available to individuals and group bookings (minimum course size will apply), and usually takes place in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Find out more

To book on a Biker Down course, please contact us on the number provided below. Alternatively, please ask to be added to the waiting list, whereby additional courses will be added based on public demand.

Please contact Fire Business Support on:

Road safety education for pre-drivers/young drivers and passengers

It Can Wait: What do you miss?#ItCanWait: Mobile phone distraction road safety intervention

#ItCanWait is our brand-new road safety intervention, launched in 2018.

Our focus on young people is supported by statistics (Suffolk Roadsafe Report, 2017), which confirm that:

  • 16 to 24-year-old drivers are the highest age group involved in road traffic collisions in Suffolk
  • In 2016, 519 young drivers were involved in collisions on Suffolk roads

When delivering #ItCanWait we do not lecture. We know that any person, at any age can be involved in a collision. Instead, we facilitate a mature discussion around mobile phone distraction, with the overarching message being, friends must look out for each other and their family on the roads.

Our aim

To make young people (aged between 15 to 18 years) aware of the dangers involved in using a mobile phone whilst driving and how to be a sensible passenger.

Learning objectives

For young people (aged between 15 to 18 years) to have an increased understanding of:

  • the impact mobile phone use can have on our levels of awareness when driving
  • additional distractions when driving in rural Suffolk
  • the increase in penalty points and fine for using and/or holding a mobile phone whilst driving
  • the consequences and/or impact on individuals involved in a collision
  • the importance of being a sensible passenger, not another distraction

Book a session

The session lasts approximately 1.5 hours and is designed to be interactive, therefore, groups should ideally not be greater than 20 people per session.

If you would like to book a session, please contact Fire Business Support and reference the #ItCanWait intervention by phone or email:

We look forward to hearing from you.