Despite the fact that there are around 1.2 million powered two wheelers (PTWs) within the United Kingdom, riders are often misconceived as living at the edge of society; however, this is often far from the truth. Riding a PTW is a high-risk activity and those who ride are often perceived as being 'risk junkies', but through an in-depth exploration of this leisure activity, Motorcycling and Leisure explains that riders ride because they enjoy it and do not necessarily enjoy the risk involved. The book presents a range of contemporary research on riders and how they find enjoyment. The book further explores the rider goal of enjoyment and utilises Fuller's task homeostasis theory along with Csikszentmihalyi's theory of flow to develop an understanding of the interaction between risk and goals. In conclusion it develops principles of interventions with the aim of guiding intervention design and reducing the number of motorcycle crashes.
Table of Contents
Contents: Forewords; Preface; An introduction to motorcycles; Motorcycle safety; Task homestasis theory; Risk and sensation seeking; Who rides?; Why do people choose to ride?; Enjoyment and risk; Bike riders and car drivers; Task capability, task demand and motorcycle riding; Group riding; Improving motorcycle safety; References; Index.
'In this unique and highly readable book, you will learn about who rides, what they ride and why they do it. The extensive coverage includes basic bike controls, licensing, training and testing, the nature and causes of crashes, how to ride safely and the many pleasures (and displeasures) of riding. Not only will it be a ’must read’ for every person who has ever got up on a powered two-wheeler - or is thinking about it - but it should be read by every car and bus and truck driver for its insights into what the biker’s task is like and how drivers can co-operate to make life on the road more pleasant - and safer - for both.The authors use the latest theory and research to take you into the minds of motorcyclists in a comprehensive way. Written with obvious deep knowledge and considerable passion for the two-wheeler, here is the heart and soul of motorcycling.' From the Foreword by Ray Fuller, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland 'In this up-to-date and timely volume, Paul Broughton and Linda Walker dismantle the myths about motorcycling and replace them with a much more illuminating data- and theory-based account of the pleasures and perils of modern biking, placing enjoyment, not risk-taking, at the heart of the relationship between the recreational rider and his (and occasionally her) machine. In searching for enjoyment from riding, riders seek the space between boredom and anxiety, and in seeking challenge they are warriors, but not outlaws. Theories of behaviour should precede, and thereby inform, theories of behaviour change. This volume provides an excellent antidote to the myths and in advancing our understanding of recreational riding behaviour offers clear pointers to how to reduce the carnage that still results from the inherent vulnerability of PTW riders... ' From the Foreword by Steve Stradling, Transport Research Institute, Napier University, UK 'Motorcycling and Leisure will be useful for researchers in the broad field of road safety, whethe