Motorcycle training offered

by Anonymous Author

In an effort to reduce motorcycle accidents on Selwyn roads, motorcyclists are being offered the opportunity to develop their skills so they can be safer.

Selwyn District Council is offering motorcyclists the opportunity to receive vouchers so they can attend motorcycle skills training for free. The Live to Ride sessions are being held in March and April. 

Selwyn road safety coordinator Ngaire Tinning said that from 2012 to 2016 there were 47 motorcycle crashes in Selwyn, resulting in five fatalities, 27 serious injuries and 25 minor injuries. 

“The number of motorcycle crashes is concerning, and the council originally offered the Live to Ride training in 2013 to try to reduce the number and severity of crashes in Selwyn, with 47 Selwyn riders having participated in motorcycle training since 2013,” Mrs Tinning said.

“While motorcyclist numbers are increasing, the number of motorcyclists involved in crashes in Selwyn from 2012 to 2016 has reduced from 58 in the 2007 to 2011 period. “The Ride Forever training being offered this year provides the opportunity to attend motorcycle skills coaching where people can refresh their skills, and learn and practise new techniques.”

Mrs Tinning said the course offers motorcyclists the opportunity to learn how to assess risks, adopt safer rider positions on the road to increase their visibility to drivers and avoid actions that may cause crashes while riding.

“The course provides a hands-on opportunity to learn practical skills that can be applied throughout the rest of your riding life.”

To register or find out more about the vouchers and local training sessions, contact ngaire.tinning@selwyn.govt.nz or phone 03 347 2901.