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Online survey probes licensing and training

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Queensland riders are being asked to fill out a short online survey that will help researchers determine the effectiveness of new motorcycle licensing.

Click on this link to read all about the survey. 

Or click here to go straight to the survey. It should only takes a few minutes, depending on your responses to some questions.

For example, if you respond ‘yes’ when asked if you’ve had a crash you will be directed to a few questions about it.

Similarly, if you have an RE licence you will be directed to questions about when you did Q-Ride/Q-Safe, but you will skip those if you’ve had an open licence for a couple of years or more.

Still, the longest version should only take 20 minutes or so.

There is also an opportunity for riders to have a say on what issues affect them most.

They could include education, training, licensing, but you could also mention tolls, parking and any other issues.

The Queensland Motorcycle and Scooter Rider Survey survey is part of an ongoing motorcycle safety research program conducted by the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

CARRS-Q research associate and Triumph Street Triple rider Ross Blackman says the survey takes the same format as past surveys so they can assess any changes in responses to behavioural questions.CARRS-Q QUT researcher dr Ross Blackman Motorbike online survey

He says this could “potentially be attributable to changes in the licensing and training process and/or other factors”.

New questions include types of motorcycle/scooter ridden, crash history, preferred safety information sources and recall of safety campaigns.

We could only recall the Sixth Sense campaign, but couldn’t remember what was the point of the campaign!Motorcycle online survey

Ross says the online survey is timely given recent changes to Q-Ride and the evolution of modern motorcycling.

He says he recently got to test the brakes on his “relatively new” Street Triple “when a 4WD plus trailer turned across my green light as I entered the intersection at 60km/h”.

“Good brakes, though some ABS on the rear might have been handy,” says Ross who has been riding for 35 years. Read his comments on ABS here.

“I was also reminded of the value of having more than two fingers on the lever.”

Ross, who has a PhD in scooter and moped safety, says the CARRS-Q survey will provide up-to-date information for comparison and future directions.CARRS-Q QUT researcher dr Ross Blackman Motorbike online survey

The online survey is anonymous and concludes on April 20, 2018.

It is open to all Queensland residents holding a current Queensland motorcycle rider licence (RE Learner, RE Restricted or R).

At the end of the survey, participants can choose to enter the draw to win one of twenty $100 shopping vouchers.

The survey is funded by Queensland Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and seeks to identify and examine a number of issues relevant to Queensland motorcycle and scooter use and safety, including:

  • Characteristics of the current Queensland rider population;
  • Potential effects of the latest (2016) changes to the Q-Ride licensing and training system; and
  • Effects of relevant public education campaigns.