When Dr Ian agreed to form the DocBike project, he knew he would need to develop some additional abilities on top of his extensive medical skills before riding on live emergency calls. On top of equipping the bike with the latest technology needed to delivery trauma care at the scene, there was his own rider training which he would need to ride the bike safely on blue lights in response to emergency calls.
This is where his partner in the project, PC Chris Smith, comes in. With nearly 20 years Police riding and 10 years as a Police Riding Instructor, Chris is able to train Dr Ian to the standard required to ride the bike safely in all conditions and on any road surface.
Here we will chart Dr Ian’s progress from bike licence holder to Police trained rider and the skills he needs to be able to keep himself safe whilst helping others. It won’t be easy and you can follow his training and see if it helps your own riding. First bit, get his head in the books. Highway Code & Roadcraft, the Police riding manual as he has to know the basics. Then there was some slow riding practice so Dr Ian can move the bike safely. Dr Ian’s training will include: Police system riding, cornering, overtaking, response.