Press Release: Try a motorcycle for free in Wolverhampton on Saturday 15th August

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Get On, the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme is coming to Wolverhampton and is open to anyone aged 15 or over, who wants to try a motorcycle or scooter for the first time.   

Riders will be offered a free 30 minute session with a professional instructor, which can be booked beforehand via the website www.geton.co.uk, or on the day, subject to availability.   This will take place at the Wolverhampton Motorcycle and Car Test Centre (WV4 6JX) between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 15th August.   All safety clothing will be provided but riders should wear sturdy shoes and full length jeans.  Advice can also be given about how to find the best trainers, should riders want to pursue further training and take a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training).  A CBT allows you to ride a small motorcycle or scooter on the road and usually takes around a day to complete.   The Wolverhampton/Birmingham road network is the 6th most congested in the UK and switching to a motorcycle or scooter would cut journey times.  A slight modal shift towards motorcycles could also help cut congestion for everyone.  A study which modelled the traffic for one of the busiest roads in Europe found that when just 10% of drivers swapped to a motorcycle, scooter or moped then congestion was reduced by 40% for all road users. When 25% swapped, it was eliminated altogether.[1]   Motorcycling is tremendous fun and always scores highly as a mode of commuter transport.  A one-off study by the Office for National Statistics found that travelling to work on a motorcycle, scooter or moped had no negative affect on well-being for journeys up to half an hour, in contrast to those who walked, took the bus, drove a car or cycled.  These all experienced reduced wellbeing after just 15 minutes.   Karen Cole, Director of Motorcycle Safety at the Motorcycle Industry Association, which backs Get On events, says this is an ideal introduction to motorcycling:   “Many people like the idea of trying a motorcycle, but don’t know where they can get started.  First and foremost motorcycling is fun but it is vital that people get their first taste of riding in a safe and structured environment, with expectations regarding safety clothing – set out firmly  from the beginning.  Get On does this very well”.   ENDS   For additional information or photographs, please contact Stevie Muir press@mcia.co.uk     Notes for Editors  
  • The Wolverhampton Test Centre is located off Spring Lane, WV4 6JX
  • Get On was set up 5 years ago by members of the Motorcycle Industry Association, to offer a programme of motorcycle taster sessions.  Of 4655 riders who were surveyed after their Get On free ride, only 2.5% said they did not enjoy it.
  • The Motorcycle Industry Association has represented the industry for over 100 years.
         
[1] http://www.tmleuven.com/project/motorcyclesandcommuting/home.htm