Riding a motorcycle is loads of fun and gives you a real sense of freedom which you just don’t experience tucked away inside a car. Nothing can quite match the powerful growl of the engine between your legs as you and your bike become one with the open road. Now while riding a motorbike is meant to be thrilling, motorcycle safety is just as vital as the fun factor. After all, there’s not a lot of pleasure in becoming the victim of an accident. In order to produce better and more responsible riders, the Queensland Government introduced the Q-Ride program to teach proper rider skills and motorcycle safety. In this post we’ll be looking at what Q-Ride is all about, what you’ll learn in Q-Ride courses and how it will benefit you and your riding future.
Introduced in 2001 as a Queensland Government rider safety initiative, the Q-Ride scheme is a skills and safety-based rider training program. At the time motorcycle road deaths in Queensland were increasing at an alarming rate, so the government decided it was time to do something to quell that unfortunate statistic and Q-Ride was born.
Q-Ride is a mandatory training program that must be undertaken and successfully completed before learner riders can receive their Qld Motorcycle Licence.
Another associated government term is Q-Safe. All this means is that if a rider is located more than 100km from a registered Q-Ride training school, you can take the practical riding test administered by an examiner from the Queensland Government instead.
Q-Ride courses are designed to teach riders the following:
- Proper motorcycle handling skills
- Road rules
- Motorcycle safety
- Handling emergency situations
- Accident avoidance techniques
- Overall rider confidence
- Motorcycle rider attitude and mindset
- And more…
There are 6 steps to be undertaken before you obtain your motorcycle licence in Queensland and are safe and legal to ride on the roads. They are:
- Obtain a RE Motorbike Learner Licence
- Choose a registered Q-Ride service provider
- Enrol for the Q-Ride training
- Master the skills during Q-Ride training
- Receive your competency certificate
- Get your rider’s licence
To obtain a RE Learner License you must have held a provisional or open license for another vehicle class for at least 1 year in the last 5 years. There is also a written road rules test, where you must answer at least 27 out of the 30 questions correctly to pass.
In order to advance from your RE Motorcycle Learner Licence to a Restricted Motorcycle Licence you must successfully complete the 1 day competency training and assessment program and obtain your competency certificate.
Before you take part in this full day program though, you want to do some consistent training with your chosen service provider; particularly if you have no previous riding experience.
How many lessons you’ll need will depend on whether you have any prior riding experience and skills, and some people naturally learn more quickly and gain confidence at a faster rate than others.
Mastering motorcycle riding skills and safety is not a race. You can learn at your own pace. Your qualified instructors will be both friendly and patient. They’ll push you to be better, but not way beyond your current skillset.
Remember, this is all about having fun as well as learning riding and safety techniques.
As you go through your training you’ll be practicing the competency skills that will form a part of your testing when it comes to assessment day. You’ll be trained and put through skills tests both in off-road and on-road situations.
Q-Ride off-road exercises include things like:
- Controlling turns at slow speeds while riding a tight figure 8 pattern
- Manoeuvring around obstacles at slow speeds and fast speeds
- Controlling your motorcycle at a walking pace
- The controlled stop involves bringing your bike to a complete stop whilst downshifting the gears
- Emergency braking, coming to a quick stop, but with full control
When you’re doing training out on the road amidst traffic, generally you’ll be with a small group, accompanied by one or two instructors. Prior to the ride your instructors will fill you in on where you’ll be going. They’ll observe your riding technique throughout and also put you through some additional skills along the way.
Upon return you’ll be offered feedback and advice on where you need to improve, and in particular anything you may be doing that could compromise your road safety.
There are essentially 3 courses when it comes to Q-Ride training and assessment:
- Motorcycle Learners Permit – A 2 day course that needs to be done prior to sitting the written test to obtain your riding learners permit.
- Restricted Licence – After enough training you can book in for the full day skills testing and motorcycle competency assessment day to obtain your competency certificate and get your Restricted Motorcycle Licence.
- Open Licence – You must first have obtained your Restricted Motorcycle Licence and held it for at least 1 year before undertaking the assessment and skills testing to obtain an Open Motorcycle Licence. An Open License means you can freely ride any size motorbike you desire.
Q-Ride service providers are located all throughout Queensland in urban and regional areas.
Just do an online search for Q-Ride training schools in your local area, or access the Qld Government Q-Ride page of their website for a comprehensive list of service providers.
The cost will in part depend on the school you choose, as well as any riding lessons you’ll need before taking part in the one day skills and assessment program. It’s best to discuss costs with your chosen Q-Ride service provider.
As you can see there is a lot of positive value to be had when undertaking Q-Ride training, testing and assessment.
Riding a motorcycle is a lot more fun if you’re confident in your skills, ability and road awareness. Q-Ride training and assessment will help ensure you’re a safe rider who will be enjoying the thrill of riding on Queensland’s roads for many years to come.
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