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Frank tips of the cc


As someone who works at the ICE headquarters, it was fascinating to read about members who enjoy biking - particularly George Fleming!

While Margo Cole outlined the increasing proportion of mature riders who are involved in single vehicle accidents, she made no mention of what the solution to this problem is. It is training.

I came back to biking after a 15 year gap and bought a 1,000cc touring bike. I was immediately aware of being in unfamiliar territory and of the need for some form of training.

The local Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) group filled this void and I learnt about defensive riding, planning ahead, predicting hazards, assessing other road users and even slow riding control from their very patient and competent voluntary observers.

So impressed was I, in fact, that I helped found a new IAM group back in 1983, dedicated to motorcycling. I was pleased to pass on what I had learnt to others through being an observer with that group.

If anyone is interested in practical on-the-road training (by motorcyclists for motorcyclists) they can visit the Wey Valley Advanced Motorcyclists website at www. wvam. co. uk.

John Bennett, assistant director engineering, ICE, One Great George Street.

London SW1P 3AA

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