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
  • roadcraft
  • 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.

Online Biker Down training courses

Due to COVID-19, all face-to-face Biker Down courses are currently unavailable.

We're looking at introducing online Biker Down courses in the near future. For updates on online courses, please check Facebook @bikerdownsuffolk or Twitter @bikerdownsuff.

Please email fire.businesssupport@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01473 260588 if you've any questions.

Road safety education suitable for pre-drivers, newly qualified drivers and passengers

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

#ItCanWait is our new, highly interactive road safety intervention, whereby we do not lecture, yet facilitate a mature discussion.

Our aim

Designed for young people aged between 15 to 18 years of age (Key Stage 4 and 5, Year 10 to 13) to increase the understanding of why mobile phones are dangerous for drivers and how to reduce distractions in a car.

Learning objectives

For young people (aged between 15 to 18 years) to:

  • have an increased understanding of how driver mobile phone use impacts on human cognition
  • recognise the differences between having a mobile phone conversation and a passenger conversation whilst driving
  • have an increased awareness of the legalities if caught using a mobile phone whilst driving and the implications for newly qualified drivers
  • have an increased awareness of the tools available to reduce drivers’ chances of 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 approximately 25 people per session. Multiple delivery sessions at the same establishment can be co-ordinated.

If you would like to book a session, please contact Fire Business Support and ask to be put through to the Prevention Department, referencing the #ItCanWait intervention:

We look forward to hearing from you.