Survey of novice motorcycle riders and their riding experience before licensing

de Rome, Liz, Ivers, R, Haworth, N, Heritier, S, Fitzharris, M and Du, W 2010, Survey of novice motorcycle riders and their riding experience before licensing, Transportation research record, no. 2194, pp. 75-81, doi: 10.3141/2194-09.

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Title Survey of novice motorcycle riders and their riding experience before licensing
Author(s) de Rome, LizORCID iD for de Rome, Liz
Ivers, R
Haworth, N
Heritier, S
Fitzharris, M
Du, W
Journal name Transportation research record
Issue number 2194
Start page 75
End page 81
Total pages 7
Publisher The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publication date 2010-12-01
ISSN 0361-1981
Summary Graduated licensing schemes have been found to reduce the crash risk of young novice drivers, but there is less evidence of their success with novice motorcycle riders. This study examined the riding experience of a sample of Australian learner-riders to establish the extent and variety of their riding practice during the learner stage. Riders completed an anonymous questionnaire at a compulsory rider-training course for the licensing test. The majority of participants were male (81%) with an average age of 33 years. They worked full time (81%), held an unrestricted driver's license (81%), and owned the motorcycle that they rode (79%). These riders had held their learner's license for an average of 6 months. On average, they rode 6.4 h/week. By the time they attempted the rider-licensing test, they had ridden a total of 101 h. Their total hours of on-road practice were comparable to those of learner-drivers at the same stage of licensing, but they had less experience in adverse or challenging road conditions. A substantial proportion had little or no experience of riding in the rain (57%), at night (36%), in heavy traffic (22%), on winding rural roads (52%), or on high-speed roads (51%). These findings highlight the differences in the learning processes between unsupervised novice motorcycle riders and supervised novice drivers. Further research is necessary to clarify whether specifying the conditions under which riders should practice during the graduated licensing process would likely reduce or increase their crash risk.
Language eng
DOI 10.3141/2194-09
Field of Research 0905 Civil Engineering
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
1507 Transportation And Freight Services
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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