Motorcycling benefits and training


The Council offers potential moped and scooter riders a free course leading to a 50% discount on CBT (compulsory basic training).

Please note you must live, work or attend further education in Hackney to attend. You must also have a provisional motorcycle license or a full motor car license with provisional moped/scooter entitlement)

The course will look at:

  • the law for riders
  • the CBT (compulsory basic training)
  • oad riding - hazard perception
  • DSA motorcyle test




Keltan House - 1st Floor, 89-115 Mare Street, Hackney E8 4RU

BikeSafe London rider skills training

If you live, work or study in Hackney, you may be interested in the Scooter Safe & BikeSafe course run by the Metropolitan Police. This is an excellent one day course and a limited number of free vouchers are available. You must have a valid drivers licence and CBT certificate, plus your own fully taxed/insured and roadworthy vehicle. BikeSafe is aimed at full licence holders as it is designed to enhance existing skills and will act as an introduction to advanced riding.

For further details on how to register please call 020 8356 8364 or email

Motorcycle and moped parking in Hackney

Motorcycle and moped parking is free in resident permit, business permit, shared use (combined pay and display and permit holders) and general permit bays. You do not need to purchase a permit or voucher to park in one of these bays. Motorcycles and mopeds cannot be parked in pay and display only and disabled bays.  

Motorcycles in bus lanes

Following the completion of two trials, motorcycles have been given permanent access to bus lanes on the majority of London's red routes.  

Benefits to riding a motorcycle or moped:  

  • motorcycling takes up less room on the road which reduces congestion
  • motorcycling uses less fuel so it is cost effective for the user and better for the environment
  • motorcycling is often quicker to get around the city as it is more manoeuvrable than a car especially now as motorcycles can now use bus lanes
  • motorcycling is often easier to find a parking space because of its size

Although there are many benefits to motorcycling, there are some draw backs. One the biggest draw backs is the vulnerability of the rider. The main risk factors for the motorcyclist include decreased stability and a much lower level of occupant protection than is provided by a car. In addition, a motorcycle is less visible to other road users than a car or a truck. These factors together give motorcycling a higher level of risk per mile travelled than other modes of transport.

If there is an incident on the road involving a motorcycle, no matter who's fault it is, the Motorcyclist will often be the one that comes off worse.

The best advice we can offer is to be aware of other road users - assume that other road users have not seen you. Wear your safety gear and do the courses that will help you out the most as a rider.  

Motorcycle classifications: 

  • a moped: Has a design speed of a maximum of 30mph, an engine capacity of no greater than 50cc
  • a learner motorcycle: Has an engine up to 125 cc and a power output not exceeding 11 kW
  • a standard motorcycle: Anything above 125 cc  

Motorcycle licences: 

There are two types of full motorcycle licences:

  • a light motorcycle licence (A1), which restricts riders to any bike up to 125 cc and a power output of 11 kW. The practical test must be taken on a bike of between 75 cc and 125 cc
  • a standard motorcycle licence (A), is obtained if the practical test is taken on a bike of over 120 cc but not more than 125 cc and capable of at least 70mph per hour. After passing the standard motorcycle practical test, you will be restricted for two years to riding a bike of up to 25 kW and a power/weight ratio not exceeding 0.16 kW/kg. After this you may ride any size of bike  

Did you know? 

  • that wearing a second-hand or borrowed helmet could be life threatening? Helmets are designed for one impact. By wearing a helmet that has been in a crash before (or a helmet that you're not sure of its history) it will not protect you from impacts you may receive in a crash. It's worth investing in a new helmet, especially as it may save your life!
  • the vast majority of motorcycle accidents occur in fine weather and on dry roads, indicating that speed is a contributing factor  

External guidance

Learning how to ride a motorcycle or upgrading your knowledge as a rider 

Motorcycle courses in London 

Motorcycle road safety and general information 

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