Of all the road users in the UK, 1% of the miles are travelled by motorcyclists, yet they account for around 25% of the serious injuries and deaths. Motorcyclists don’t necessarily have more accidents than other road users, but because they lack the protection of being inside a steel box, with a roll cage, crumple zones, seat belts and air bags; when they are involved in a collision, their injuries are significantly worse than that of other road users.

The DocBike project is headed up by PC Chris Smith QPM, (Police Traffic Officer and Advanced Police Motorcycle Instructor for over 20 years) and Dr. Ian Mew (Intensive Care Consultant and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Doctor). Together they started the project by delivering life-saving skills to local riders through Biker Down courses (an interactive trauma aid skills session) held at BikeSafe events across the region. Not happy to just teach these skills to riders of all ages and experience levels, Ian wanted to take them to the roadside and so Dorset DocBike was born. In the summer of 2015, DocBike made its first outing attending the National BikeSafe event and attracted a great deal of interest being the first of its kind in the UK. Two years on, the project has grown from strength to strength and has won National Awards. DocBike plays a key role in engaging with riders, delivering key road safety messages and brings bikers of all kinds into post-test training.

For more information about DocBike and how you can get involved, please visit the DocBike website.