Motorcycling firefighters ‘RideSMART’

Published:  18 April, 2012

On April 26 firefighters from across the UK will converge on Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Road Safety Centre in Winchester for a one-day conference dedicated to motorbike safety. 

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) established its motorcycle safety initiative RideSMART in 2010.  This groundbreaking project is now into its second full year.

Over 20 other fire services will be attending the event to find out more about Hampshire’s RideSMART initiative and to share best practice. Many of the delegates are expected to ride their service motorbikes to the event.

Road Safety is a priority for the fire and rescue service. Statistically motorcyclists are just 1% of road users but account for over 20% of fatalities. They have the highest fatality rate of any road user group.

In Hampshire during 2011, statistics show that in Hampshire alone there were 342 collisions in which a motorcyclist was killed or seriously injured - an increase of 38.5 per cent (or 95 casualties) on the previous calendar year. During the first two months of 2012 there have already been 36 serious collisions involving motorcycles and as the weather improves the fear is that there could be more.

HFRS RideSMART will also be unveiling a new team of 10 firefighters, themselves all experienced, trained riders who will be attending events throughout the county, using a Honda HRC Legends Fireblade  as an educational tool to raise awareness of road safety. The RideSMART campaign promotes good rider behaviour and claims “the more you know, the better it gets”.

Station Manager Clyde Evans, RideSMART team leader, says: "We are delighted that so many of our colleagues will be joining us to hear about our groundbreaking initiative RideSMART and share their knowledge with us."

RideSMART aims to raise awareness of motorcycle safety to motorcyclists of all ages and ranges of skills within Hampshire, at places across the county such as schools, colleges, public events and popular motorbiking haunts.

Please register your interest by contacting Deborah Beaton or Laura Pauley on

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