Volunteer Role: Rider
Who are they?
The duty riders are the front line of blood biking. They are our public image, deliver our service and alongside our fund raisers and sponsors are key to the success of the group.
What do they do?
Riders are ‘on call’ for a shift.
Night shifts would start at 7pm and we aim to have the rider back home by 7am. The night time shift is a “sleeping shift’ which means you will be contacted by the duty controller should a collection / delivery be needed.
At weekends and bank holidays we will operate a daytime shift from 7am through to 7pm.
Who can be a rider for our group?
Our riders will be 25 years old and above and must have 2 years recent experience in handling and riding large motorcycles. We expect our riders to be active motorcyclists and it is usual that our riders will own and ride their own motorcycle.
At the moment our group bikes are large capacity machines and ability to handle the size and weight is fundamentally important to be a rider. If you have never ridden larger capacity motorcycles you are unlikely to be able to ride for the group at this points. We are in the process of considering adding to the fleet slightly smaller capacity machine with lower seat height to enable smaller riders to be able to join our team. More news in due course
We follow the guidelines of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) and require all our riders to have completed an advanced training course every 3 years. The most common advanced courses we accept are (a) Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists (b) ROSPA (c) Police rider qualification (d) Enhanced Rider Scheme A grade pass.
Some riders will have obtained their IAM or ROSPA qualification many years ago and in these cases we expect them to take a refresher training and in most cases the Enhanced Rider Scheme is the solution.
If you have not done any advanced rider qualification we have group members who have been involved in all the schemes above and they can share with you their experiences so you can decide which training is the one that most suits you.
If you are interested please download an application form and complete it. Contact the supporters secretary to agree how to return the form, either scanned, posted or handed to us at an event or meeting. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Downloadable form is at this link. Click here