Motorcyclists make up around only 1% of the motoring population but account for a highly disproportionate number of serious injury or fatal collisions. There are many reasons why this is the case, however the very nature of motorcycling and the mindset of some motorcyclists exposes them to extreme dangers.
The RIDE Scheme has been designed as an intervention for those motorcyclists whose behaviour has brought them to the attention of the police. This scheme is designed to address the behaviour of those motorcyclists whose riding could be described as thrill or sensation seeking and also those who by the very nature of their riding could be defined as anti-social or careless, thereby attracting a criminal prosecution. It can also be used for those motorcyclists who have demonstrated careless riding leading to a collision
It is anticipated that, when correctly applied, the RIDE course will invite the offenders attending the course to question their own assumptions regarding their own abilities and competencies to ride a motorcycle and hopefully alert them to the vulnerabilities reckless, careless or anti-social riding can attract, and prevent them from re-offending or worse, becoming a casualty.
A motorcyclist choosing a RIDE course may opt to take it at any of the national course venues and will have to pay for the cost of the course. Although Cheshire Police offer the course you cannot currently undertake the course in Cheshire. A person may only attend one RIDE course in three years. Subsequent offending will be dealt with by way of a prosecution.