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Motorcycling and Leisure Understanding the Recreational PTW Rider by Paul Broughton, Linda Walker

Motorcycling and Leisure Understanding the Recreational PTW Rider


Part of the Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport Series


Motorcycling and Leisure Understanding the Recreational PTW Rider by Paul Broughton, Linda Walker

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.


'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, whether they are focused on motorcycling or not. The research about who rides and why they ride is crucial for psychological, sociological or cultural researchers of motorcyclists and motorcycling.'

/c Online Review June 2009 ' ...this is actually a very important book as the co-authors Paul Broughton and Linda Walker, go a long way to dispel many myths about motorcyclists and the reasons why they (we) ride motorcycles.
Inter September 2009 'The illumination of the human factor in PTW riding that Broughton and Walker give us in Motorcycling and Leisure is therefore of real value to historians of technology, and not just regarding powered two-wheel users, but all users of vehicles throughout the history of automobility.
Technology and Culture Vol 51 July 2010

About the Author

Paul Broughton completed his PhD while based at the Transport Research Institute at Napier University in Edinburgh where his research was into the risk and enjoyment factors of powered two wheeler use. Since completing his PhD he has gone on to form a research company, Owl Research Ltd, which works on road safety projects. Linda Walker is a lecturer in Leisure, Tourism and Marketing at the University of Stirling. Linda's key area of research is visitor health and safety including the impact of crime and road traffic crashes on the visitor experience

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Book Info

Publication date

28th April 2009


Paul Broughton, Linda Walker

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Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


216 pages


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