A training scheme to help reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists is to be run for the first time in the Western Isles.

The Rider Refinement North course will take place in Stornoway on Friday, August 30 and is part funded by Transport Scotland's Road Safety Framework Fund.

The initiative was first held during 2018 with courses in Tayside, Aberdeenshire, Moray and the Highlands. It was first held off the Scottish mainland in July this year with a course in Orkney.

Road Policing Sergeant Alan Henderson said: "The feedback we have received for the course has been overwhelmingly positive and many riders tell us about how it helped them and how they have changed their riding style as a result of the advice.

"We are delighted to be able to deliver the course in the Western Isles for the first time later this month with the support of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.  

"On our course we want to promote safe riding messages and encourage riders to think about their riding style and riding behaviour, and take advantage of the expert tuition and advice that we will be providing.

"Led by police motorcyclists, the one day course looks at key risk factors particular to the local area plus we do demonstration rides with feedback from officers afterwards.

"The cost of the course will be £40 per rider this year to cover costs plus lunch.

"Rider Refinement North is the only course of its kind being offered in Scotland at the moment and I hope that it will influence the behaviour of those who attend the course and help them to become safer riders."

A Comhairle spokesperson said:"The Rider Refinement North initiative dovetails neatly with the generic road safety awareness-raising messages Comhairle nan Eilean Siar actively promotes; one example being our ongoing ˜Drive on Left" initiative.

"The promotion of safe riding is a vital part of any road safety campaign and this excellent police-led training course affords motorcyclists the opportunity to obtain expert tuition, including area-specific risk assessment, thus enabling them to make more informed decisions about their riding style."

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