Women 'Take Control' on two wheels
Take Control rider assessment courses have been offered to women in West Mercia and Warwickshire after a significant increase in the number of female motorcyclists.
RSOs are actively promoting the course, hoping that women will want to develop their motorcycle skills.
Karen Cooke, director of safety at the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: “I have been riding motorcycles for 28 years and am always nervous when anyone else analyses my riding technique, but my instructor was great and really put me at ease.
“Even though I have completed refresher training in the past, he still came up with some helpful suggestions and I was able to iron out one or two bad habits that naturally develop over time.
“I would encourage all moped and motorcycle riders to learn the Take Control techniques and particularly hope the increasing number of female riders will make a commitment to this sort of self improvement.
“There is no bravado, no test and no pressure and it helps you to become a safer rider.”
Katy Jenkins, communications manager for the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, explained: “Just 10 years ago, most women wearing leathers and a crash helmet were presumed to be pillion passengers, but that’s simply not the case now. We even know of a few ‘women only’ bike clubs.”
For more information visit: www.takecontroltraining.co.uk
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