Better braking can save lives

A new campaign by the British Superbike School is targeting improving braking techniques among the nation’s riders. The campaign – which is directed at riders of all bikes, at all sizes and levels – comes after research highlighted that improving braking skills could help lower casualty figures. The ‘Brake for your Life’ campaign says that...

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Charity on look-out for volunteer riders

Bikers in Greater Manchester who love to ride and want to help their local community are being encouraged to volunteer for one of the city’s finest bike-related charities. Greater Manchester Blood Bikes is looking for new volunteer riders to keep its services on the road. The charity – the only one of its kind in the city...

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New Hazard Perception Test

An exciting new project has been launched that could take the training and testing of new bike riders to the next level. The National Young Rider Forum is working on the development of a motorcycle-specific hazard perception test, to be tailored specifically to the needs of young riders. Currently, all riders looking to gain their...

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Wishing you all a wonderful festive period

What could a bikers’ version of the popular Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, sound like? Perhaps the final chorus would sound something like… (all together now) Twelve clean commuting Eleven neatly parking Ten hi-vis showing Nine safely filtering Eight headlights gleaming Seven scooters braking Six lorries spraying Five doing C--B--T Four kindly vans Three gentle bends Two riding gloves And drivers clearly see-ing me…!...

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Project PRIME

An innovative motorcycle safety project in Scotland that used road markings to guide bikers into taking safer lines into bends has been awarded a prestigious road safety award. Project PRIME – it stands for Perceptual Rider Information for Maximising Expertise and Enjoyment (PRIMEs) – has been given a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, which is presented...

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DocBike

A charity founded by an intensive care consultant in Dorset is looking to promote motorbike safety and expand free workshops for bikers. Dr Ian Mew launched DocBike to pair trained paramedics with medically-equipped motorbikes to help them attend roadside collisions. It also works with Biker Down training courses to educate motorcyclists. Now, after analysing crashes...

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A Licence to Net Zero

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has launched a new campaign calling for a comprehensive overhaul of how you obtain a licence to ride a moped or motorcycle, saying the current system is complicated, costly and increasingly places barriers in front of people wanting to take to two wheels. The campaign – called A Licence to...

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Call to scrap VAT on life-saving motorcycle air vests

Road safety organisation IAM RoadSmart has launched a new petition calling for the Government to scrap VAT on life-saving motorcycle air vests. Research conducted by the charity suggests nearly two-thirds of motorcyclists believe that the cost of safety gear has prevented them from purchasing items that would enhance their safety on the road. Therefore, it...

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DfT confirms rise in biker deaths

The Department for Transport’s Annual Report on road casualty figures for 2022 has reported a small rise in the number of motorcyclist fatalities. 350 motorcyclists on all sizes of powered bikes died in 2022 – 4% more than in 2019, and 7% more than a decade ago. In comparison, fatalities among car drivers, HGV drivers...

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