The rise of female riders in the ranks is welcome and is changing the whole motorcycling industry, especially in making it safer, says a first-aid expert.
While women represent about 10% of the Australian riding population First Aid for Motorcyclists founder Tracy Hughes (pictured above) says women represent about 20-25% of participants at their Motorcycle Accident Management Training sessions.
“The age group spreads across early 20s right through to women in their 60s and many of these are on the throttle, not on the back,” Tracy says.
Safer in surveys
This reflects several surveys which show women are safer riders than men, don’t take as many risks, seek training at a higher rate than men and consequently are less represented in crash statistics than men as a proportion of riders.
“Women tend not to have the ego that holds men back when it comes to getting regular rider training and asking advice,” Tracy says.