Crash Bang Wallop

I’ve been reading the TRL report, “The Accident Risk of Motorcyclists” (yes, I know I should get out more). Disappointingly it seems to prove that women are worse at this 2-wheel lark than men – while 11% of male bikers surveyed had an accident in the previous 12 months, 15% of females who took part in the survey had crashed.

Or maybe we’re just more honest in surveys!!

The good news is that the report also concludes that, contrary to lurid headlines, the accident rate per motorcycle or per km has been stable for a decade. So the case for speed limiters, bans from town centres and the many other strange ideas that get proposed to save us from ourselves remains unsupported by the evidence.

Other statistical gems: the average biker is 43 years old, and rides 4,677 miles a year. 245 of the study participants were over 70.

And finally – p 20 provides justification for bikers feeling superior – “Motorcycle riding is inherently much more demanding than car driving.” We knew that 🙂



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2 responses to “Crash Bang Wallop

  1. It’s always good to know that TRL are surveying accident victims! It could be that less men survive accidents (than women)to be interviewed?On a matter of risk mitigation, I have been frustrated by the lack of web material on the effectiveness of back protectors…my medic friend says that they do nore harm than good but that to protect the kidneys is good.…but there seems to be a good trade in them!So how do you think Frank’s doing?

  2. I’m not convinced by back protectors but I’ve heard many people swear by them…maybe it depends on your riding style. I’ll concentrate on trying not to fall off in the first place 😉Frank is doing really well, maybe guest blogging is the future!

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