Ride Free 2013

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has received nearly £800 donated by generous supporters at the “Ride Free” motorcycle event held last weekend.

Around 1500 motorbikes passed through the gates, with 2000 visitors attending throughout the day to experience a wide range of activities and meet with motorcycle clubs from the county.

The event was organised by the Motorcycling Matters partnership, to encourage motorcyclists to continually improve their riding skills and promote additional motorcycle training opportunities.  The crowds were entertained by The Steve Colley stunt show and Ken Fox’s Wall of Death motorcycle display – who donated half of their takings to the Air Ambulance.

Paul Airton, Area Fundraising Manager (Bedfordshire) for the Air Ambulance said: “We would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The work of the Air Ambulance could not continue without the support of local people and organisations and I’d like to thank everyone, including Motorcycling Matters, for their help ensuring we can continue to save lives.”

Graham Seymour acting Chair of the motorcycling matters forum said “We were delighted at the number of motorcyclists and visitors who attended the event and raised valuable funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. “Ride Free” promotes the idea of continuous training for motorcyclists, but it’s also a fun and interesting day out.  We would like to extend our thanks to all the organisations and individuals who provided activities and information to develop advanced riding techniques.”

Activities held across the day encouraged motorcyclists to be more aware of their own safety out on the roads.  The “Bikesafe” Team from Bedfordshire Police gave assessed ride-outs with local motorcyclists to review how they currently ride and to provide practical hints and tips to keep them safe in the future. Other activities included Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Advanced Motorcyclists provided advice about improving riding skills in their slow riding skills sessions and Bedfordshire’s local Enhanced Rider Scheme instructors were on hand to discuss the national training scheme.

There was also the opportunity for non-riders to have their first experience on a motorbike or moped through the National “Get On” scheme, whilst the motorcycling matters team provided riders with information about the different levels of motorcycle training that is available to riders in Bedfordshire – information on training opportunities can be found at www.motorcyclingmatters.org/training