Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get involved?
All you need to do is contact our membership secretary with your contact number by clicking here
Do I need any special riding qualifications to be a blood biker?
We do require that all riders of marked bikes have an advanced qualification such as Police Class One, IAM or RoSPA advanced test passes.
However, if not we will do whatever we can to assist you in gaining a relevant qualification. We encourage new volunteers to be working towards an advanced qualification and enrolled on an appropriate course such as the IAM’s “Skill for Life” in order to ride our operational marked bikes
How long will it take to get involved?
That is down to you as your application can be completed via email so once we have it you will be able to start getting involved.
What training will I receive?
You will be invited to attend by our membership secretary and induction training day.
This day 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 initial GMP training and are shown the ropes by a well established member of the charity. Refresher training is completed on an annual basis and as necessary.
What level of commitment am I expected to make as a member of Cornwall Blood Bikes
We like to ask that some level of commitment can be dedicated to the charity. Whether that is by completing time as a rider fulfilling operational duties, co-ordinating or by attending fundraising events 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.
How many bikes does Cornwall Blood Bikes?
We currently have nine operational marked fleet bikes which are BMW 1200 RT(p)s
At Cornwall Blood Bikes we adopt the same policy as the emergency service and when the temperature hits three degrees all operational fleet bikes are called off the road.
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.
What area would I be expected to cover?
We have divided the county into four geographical areas with the aim of tasking jobs to riders close to the hospitals requiring our services, although if necessary you may be asked to go further afield if this is convenient for you.
What area does Cornwall Blood Bikes cover?
We provide cover to all of the hospitals within the geographical area of 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.
Is Cornwall Blood Bikes part of the NHS?
No, we are an independent self-funded charity that supports the NHS by providing a voluntary ‘out of hours’ delivery service to our NHS partners free of charge.
Can I use my own bike and or car?
Yes, 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.
Do Cornwall Blood Bikes just carry blood?
Whole blood products are only a small part of the vital job we do.
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.
On a typical shift what jobs am I likely to be given?
There is no such thing as a typical shift which is what a lot of our members enjoy as every shift is different.
Usually we are busiest between the hours of 17:00 to 19:00 and at weekends particularly on Saturday mornings.
I don’t ride a motorcycle but I would still like to be involved?
Behind the scenes a lot goes on to keep the charity going so we always have a need for coordinators and fundrasiers.
So if you would like to get involved we would love to hear from you.
What’s happened to Cornwall FreeWheelers EVS?
Cornwall Blood Bikes is the new name for Cornwall Freewheelers EVS.
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.