Whatever bike you ride, there’s always room for improvement!
People who ride mopeds, scooters and motorbikes are known as ‘vulnerable road users’ because they’re at greater risk of becoming a casualty than most other road users.
It goes without saying that if a biker and car driver are involved in a collision, the biker will come off worse.
TWIST (That's why I should think!)
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP) has developed the ‘TWIST’ (or ‘That’s why I should think!) campaign to address the issue with riders.
The ethos behind the catchy slogan is “When you TWIST the throttle - every time, every journey - your mantra should be ‘That’s when I should think’.”
The aim of the campaign is to persuade riders, whatever their experience, to undergo additional training so that they can benefit from the experience of advanced riding trainers.
The sad fact is that although riders make up about 1% of traffic on the roads, they accounted for 22% of all deaths on the road in 2013. Riders are fifty times more likely to be killed or seriously injured than those on four wheels.
The aim is not to highlight bikers as being those in the wrong; it is as much about training you to anticipate what other vehicles on the road may do, so that riders are better placed to watch out for the bad habits of those on four or two wheels.
TWIST have produced a short video with the types of scenario in which riders should be thinking. They acknowledge very few riders are like those in the video, and that the video may be an exaggeration, but never the less it is designed to highlight even the smallest bad habit you may have in your day to day riding.
The bottom line is that if additional training is undertaken, it may help make the roads a safer place for us all. Even if you have been riding for 40 years, new riding and road awareness and anticipation techniques may make the roads a safer place.