Below are some answers to our frequently asked questions
If you have any other questions, please contact us
We suggest looking at the websites for Cornwall Advanced Motorists, Institute of Advanced Motorists and RoSPA Advanced Riders & Drivers Cornwall
Cornwall Advanced Motorcyclists
Plymouth Advanced Motorcyclists
We hold 3-4 Induction weekends a year where you will be invited to attend.
The first day is the background of the charity, what is expected of you, operational procedures & effectiveness, GMP training for the handling of samples, understanding of legislation culminating in your GMP exam.
The objective of day one is to understand the roles, responsibilities and expectations of the charity.
The second day consists of fleet bike familiarisation of our BMW's.
Before becoming active riders will also need to complete a ride assessment on a BMW fleet bike with a qualified CBB ride assessor as well as complete buddy runs & carry out hospital location familiarisation with another CBB rider.
You MUST complete two full days, and be signed off by our ride observers before becoming operational.
This is a two day event which will consist of an introduction to the charity, which includes aspects of riding, our fleet bikes, and how we work operationally, along with training on our code of conduct and policies.
All members receive GMP training and exam and must complete both full days before starting with the charity.
Whether that is by completing time as a rider fulfilling operational duties to our NHS partners, co-ordinating or by attending fundraising events as a rider up and down the County and representing the charity.
Our coordinators make every effort to allocate jobs as fairly as possible so that all of our riders are given the opportunity to ride.
At Cornwall Blood Bikes we have a STRICT no blue light policy and adopt the same policy as the emergency service and when the temperature hits three degrees all operational fleet bikes are called off the road.
We believe that because all our riders are advanced trained, that there is no need to use blue lights, that your skill as advanced riders are sufficient.
At Cornwall Blood Bikes we take our moto of “Riding For Life” is exceptionally seriously and do all we can to promote good road safety, and riding as well as to always promote a positive images of motorcyclists.
During bad weather conditions such as this, heavy rain or high winds, volunteers are able to use their own cars or the CBB operational fleet van which is available for use throughout Cornwall.
We sometimes go as far as Plymouth and further afield by arrangement, handing over to our fellow Blood Bike Groups in the South West.
You must check that your insurance covers you for blood bike activities and your vehicle must be in good order, taxed, have a valid MOT, and full breakdown insurance.
Your own motorcycles must also have somewhere suitable to carry the items requested such as panniers or a top box.
We also carry medication, medical notes, pathology samples for testing, medical equipment, donor breast milk and anything else that is needed urgently and that we can transport safely.
Usually we are busiest between the hours of 17:00 to 19:00 and at weekends and bank holidays where we are operational for 24 hours a day.
Our late night calls are becoming more prolific with the NHS needing our out of hours service.
You need to have basic IT skills, a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and Spreadsheets and training is always provided. So if you would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.
We made the decision to change our name as often there was some confusion when talking to people as we were thought to be some kind of cycling club.
The naming does not affect the service we provide but we feel more accurately reflects what we do and who we are, especially as our bikes’ livery displays the word “BLOOD” as do our high visibility jackets.
We are also members of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) so this name provides a more appropriate identification to both our NHS partners and the general public and should lead to a better understanding of who we are without the need for a lengthy explanation.