Motorcycling benefits and training

The benefits of riding a motorcycle or moped


  • takes up less room on the road, reducing congestion
  • uses less fuel so it is cost effective for the user and better for the environment
  • is often quicker as motorcycles and mopeds are more manoeuvrable than a car – motorcycles can also use some bus lanes in London
  • often makes it easier to find a parking space

Although there are many benefits to motorcycling, there are some drawbacks. You’re more vulnerable, less stable and less visible on a motorbike than you would be in a car or truck, so motorcycling has a higher level of risk per mile than other modes of transport.

If there’s an incident on the road involving a motorcycle, no matter whose fault it is, the motorcyclist will often be the one that comes off worse.

See  – riding a motorcycle, moped or motor tricycle for more information.

Motorcycling training

Compulsory basic training (CBT)

To first ride your scooter or motorcycle you must make sure you have a valid CBT certificate. There are, however, a few exceptions. See CBT motorcycle and moped training for further details.

The training makes sure you can ride safely on your own while you practise, before taking your full moped or motorcycle test.

You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points for riding if you do not have a valid CBT certificate.

Motorcycling courses in London

Motorcycling safety

Be aware of other road users. Assume that other road users have not seen you. Wear safety gear and attend the courses that will help you out the most as a rider.


Wearing a second-hand or borrowed helmet could be life-threatening – helmets are designed for one impact. A helmet that’s been in a crash before (or one whose history you’re not sure of) will not protect you from the impacts you might receive in a crash. Investing in a new helmet could save your life.

When it’s dark

Wearing a white or light coloured helmet or a light coloured sash will help you stand out more.

At night consider using clothing and accessories with reflective material in them.

Motorcycling road safety and general information

Hackney is a 20mph borough

There’s a 20mph speed limit on all of the borough’s roads. Some red routes, which are managed by TfL, such as the section of the A10 from Shoreditch to Dalston also have a 20mph speed limit.

There are speed limit signs at the entry to all 20 mph routes as well as repeater signs or road markings.

Stop means stop

If you’re approaching a school crossing patrol site:

  • slow down and be prepared to stop at the patrol’s signal
  • it’s an offence not to stop at a patrol officer’s signal – if you’re convicted you could receive 3 points on your licence and you could be fined up to £1,000
  • be patient – a child’s life could be at stake

For more information regarding school crossing patrols or having a site assessed contact 020 8356 8364.

Don’t park on school keep clear markings

You can be fined for parking on keep clear marking outside schools – you’re putting children and others at risk if you park or wait on them during school drop off and pick up times.

Motorcycles in bus lanes

Motorcycles have permanent access to bus lanes on the majority of London’s red routes.

Page updated on: 9 June 2021

Road Safety (Motorcycling)


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