Operation Darwen 2018

An all Wales campaign aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway.

At this time of year, as the weather improves, we typically start to see an increase in bikers on the roads, especially in Gwent where we are fortunate to have some fantastic routes and scenery that tends to attract motorcyclists.  

We always urge motorcyclists to ride safely, however from now until October, there will be an increased focus as part of Op Darwen and we will be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in our BikeSafe workshops which offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training.

The workshops are run by police forces around the UK and are a mix of theory and practical sessions.  They include on-road assessment rides, information videos, motorcycle-related first aid, maintenance and security issues.

They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

In addition, our Area Support Teams along with the Welsh Road Casualty Reduction Partnership will be carrying out high visibility motorcycle patrols targeting those who ride in an anti-social manner which can cause serious, if not fatal, collisions.

PS Lee Stachow said: "Op Darwen is not about spoiling people’s fun but about encouraging riders to be safe and competent with the aim of reducing the number of RTCs involving motorcycles.

"BikeSafe workshops are one way of achieving this.  We have always received positive feedback with those who have completed the workshops saying that the course is enjoyable and succeeds in making them better riders with further training.”

“We will also be increasing patrols around motorcycle hotspots throughout Operation Darwen and we will take action against the small minority of bikers who ride in an anti-social manner.” 

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

To book or to find out more, please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk

Dates of 1 day workshops available in Gwent (£35): 

22nd April 2018

1st July 2018

1st September 2018

2nd September 2018

9th September 2018

29th September 2018

30th September 2018

3rd October 2018

Dates of 2 day workshops available in Gwent (£60)

7th-8th April 2018

12th-13th May 2018

14th – 15th July 2018

22nd and 23rd September 2018

To book or to find out more, please visit www.bikesafe.co.uk