published 21 September 2011
Oxfordshire County Council’s Road Safety Team has joined up with a motorcycling training school in Banbury to help teenagers learn how to ride mopeds, scooters and motorcycles safely in a theory based environment.
Between January 2008 and December 2010 there were 679 accidents in Oxfordshire involving powered two wheelers, accounting for 13.1 per cent of all accidents on the roads. In 187 of these accidents, the riders were aged between 16 and 19 years old. 44 of these young people were killed or seriously injured.
In a bid to cut down on these figures, the Road Safety Team has entered in to a partnership trial with Bike-Moore in Banbury to offer free safety sessions to secondary schools, further education colleges, independent schools and youth groups in Oxfordshire. The aim is to focus on 16 to 19 year olds who are more at risk of being involved in an accident due to having little or no road experience.