The older motorcyclist

The 'Older Motorcyclist' project was funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) in a response to the increasing number of motorcycling accidents involving riders over the age of 30. The project aimed to collect information to provide a broad picture of the older motorcyclists' activities in terms of exposure, experience, vehicle characteristics, riding history and attitudes to risk. The study involved four stages: a literature review, a survey examining ownership characteristics completed by 1009 riders, a survey examining psychological determinants of risky riding behaviours completed by 4929 riders and a simple accident analysis using STATS19 data. The results of the survey indicated that past behaviour emerged as the most consistent, strong and significant predictor of intentions to engage in the various risky riding behaviours. Thus, if a rider admitted to engaging in a risky behaviour in the past, they were more likely to intend to do so in the future. Whilst this may seem a simplistic conclusion, the implication is that risk taking is a learned behaviour that needs to be addressed at the point of skill acquisition (i.e. training). This presents a problem, however, in that motorcyclists may choose to ride in order to provide opportunities for risk taking.


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  • Pagination: 121p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 55

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  • Accession Number: 01388742
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 1:15AM