Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds are great fun and a cheap form of transport - training is a simple way to lessen your risk and help you enjoy your ride.

Reducing motorcycle crashes is a high priority in the government’s Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016-2020(external link)

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Ministry of Transport facts

  • Motorcycle travel in New Zealand has increase by 60% over the past decade
  • Most of the increased travel is in the 45 plus age group
  • 45% of injuries are with the 40 plus age group
  • 75% of fatal crashes occur on the open road. Open road crashes tend to be more sever as higher speeds result in worse injuries
  • Bigger bikes (600cc plus) are used more on the open road and tend to be ridden by riders aged over 40 years
  • Nearly 80% of fatal crashes involve 1000cc plus machines
  • 62% of open road crashes occur between October and March as there are 60% more bikes on the road
  • Wearing full safety gear reduces injury by up to 30%
  • Full face helmets offer 37% more protection than open face
  • 35% of ACC claims in Canterbury are in the 15-29 year age group and 35% are in the 45-64 year age group who have greater severity

Safety training and information

You may be an experienced rider returning to riding after a break; or perhaps you're just new to riding. Don't take your ability and survivability for granted.

Staying safe and enjoying your ride means being able to cope with whatever obstacles, challenges and surprises you might come across. 

ACC funded motorcycle training is available in Canterbury through registered Ride Forever Trainers in Canterbury(external link).

For further useful and safety information go to:

Join us in October 2018 for the annual Kickstart motorcycle safety event.  Watch this page for updates.

Responsible riders are survivors

There are simple ways to help others notice you on the road. Decrease your risk and increase your chances of survival.

Here are some safety tips:


  • Riding with your headlight on dip (low beam) during the day makes you and your motorcycle more noticeable.
  • If your motorcycle was manufactured on or after 1 January 1980, you must use your headlight on dip (low beam) or daytime running lamps during daylight hours.


  • Brightly coloured, reflective helmets and clothing will help make you more visible. White, orange, yellow and red are the colours most easily seen.
  • Reflective tape on your clothing or motorcycle can also help others to see you.
  • A reflective vest is more noticeable to drivers behind you than a tail light is.


  • By riding in a position behind the right-hand wheels of the vehicle ahead you are more easily seen in the rear-vision mirrors of the vehicle in front and are therefore more likely to be noticed. This position also allows you to be seen by oncoming vehicles, and for you to see them.
  • Avoid riding in another driver's blind spots. If you cannot see a driver's eyes in their mirrors, they cannot see you. Move within your lane to improve your chances of catching a driver's attention.