National Young Rider Day
The inaugural National Young Rider Day took place on Tuesday 27 June - when the focus across the country was on young motorcyclists.
As a result of the cost-of-living crisis, more and more young people are choosing to ride a motorcycle to work, college, or simply for fun!
This event celebrates that choice - and helps young riders stay safe on the road!
Get involved on social media using the hashtag #WeAreYoungRiders
2023 catch up
One of the highlights of the first National Young Rider Day was a free-to-end online event.
We joined forces with the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership to host the event, which supports you on all aspects of being a young rider.
Take the young rider survey
We would love to hear all about your experience of completing a CBT course. Would you mind taking two minutes to complete this form survey?
We are supporting the National Young Rider Day
Chief Supt Marc Clothier
National Roads Policing Operations Intelligence and Investigations
I have been a passionate motorcyclist since before I started my career in Policing, and have been fortunate to ride as part of my job. The freedom and adventure of being on two wheels whether commuting, riding for leisure or in a professional capacity is something I really enjoy.
Riding a bike can also be an economical form of transport and provides the opportunity to avoid or at least reduce the delays caused by congestion, however as a motorcyclist without the protection afforded by a car you are vulnerable and the consequences of being involved in a collision are far greater.
As riders we make up a really small percentage of road users so car drivers are not expecting to see us. Think about your speed when filtering or approaching junctions to make sure you have been seen and can stop if somebody does something unexpected such as changing lanes at the last minute.
Dr Jo Ollerton
Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
When a motorbike crashes, the driver and / or passenger will leave the bike at speed and come into contact with whatever is in their path – road, trees, buildings, other traffic. Injuries can be life threatening with broken bones, internal chest and abdominal injuries - all preventable if safe driving practices are employed and proper protective equipment worn.
Full leathers and a helmet are essential. A suitable helmet is a proven step to minimising brain injury and even low speed accidents can result in deep grazes to the exposed skin. A driver wearing a tracksuit or shorts instead of dedicated leathers will come off far worse than one in appropriate kit.
Some specialised clothing even has inbuilt airbags or solid plates to spread the impact and minimise injury – we see proof of these being effective when racers from Donnington park come to the Emergency Department after high speed track incidents.
Enjoy your motorbike, but most importantly drive safe, avoid incidents and wear appropriate full protective gear including a helmet designed to take impact.