16 September 2016

Anyone who wants to have a go at riding a motorbike or scooter is invited to go along to free taster sessions being held in Northampton next week as part of the national ‘Get On’ scheme.

Northamptonshire County Council in association with Northamptonshire Highways and working with the Motorcycle Industry Association, has organized the sessions for people ranging in ability from complete beginners to people who may have ridden before and want to refresh their skills.

Each 30-minute session will be conducted by professional trainers and all the necessary equipment will be supplied. The lessons also take place in a safe, traffic-free car park, so a motorcycle licence is not required.

What are the advantages of motorcycling?

With the number of single occupancy cars on the road, motorcycles are seen as a relatively more sustainable form of transport as on average they pollute six times less than cars.

Motorbikes, mopeds and scooters also cause less congestion than cars, improve journey times and reduce the need for parking space. However, at present motorcycles only account for about one per cent of total road traffic.

Councillor Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Motorcycles tick a lot of boxes when it comes to sustainable forms of transport as they produce lower emissions than cars and don’t cause as much congestion.

“In 2015 we carried out a motorcycle survey to reaffirm why people were using motorbikes, but also examining reasons why they were not.

“We’re aware that there may be reasons why people are reluctant to make journeys by motorcycle and we believe that by providing an easy, safe way for people to get a taste of what it’s like to ride a motorcycle, it will be an incentive to get them riding.”

The sessions are being held on Thursday, 22 September in The Claret Car Park in Edgar Mobbs Way, Northampton.

Anyone who wants to go along should book in advance.