Motorcycling benefits and training

Motorcycle awareness workshop

If you want to learn to ride a moped or scooter, we offer a free  motorcycle awareness workshop which entitles you to a 50% discount on your CBT (compulsory basic training). 

To book, please visit London Motorcycling Training.

You must live, work or attend further education in Hackney to attend and must also have a provisional motorcycle licence or a full motor car licence with provisional moped/scooter entitlement.

The course covers:

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

Free vouchers for BikeSafe rider skill training days

If you live, work or study in Hackney, you may be interested in the Metropolitan Police's Scooter Safe & BikeSafe one day course. 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 and is designed to enhance your existing skills and 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

Motorcycles have permanent access to bus lanes on the majority of London's red routes.  

The benefits of riding a motorcycle or moped


  • takes up less room on the road, reducing congestion
  • uses less fuel so it is cost effective for the user and better for the environment
  • is often quicker as motorcycles and mopeds are more manoeuvrable than a car - motorcycles can also use some bus lanes in London
  • often makes it easier to find a parking space

Although there are many benefits to motorcycling, there are some draw backs. You're more vulnerable, less stable and less visible on a motorbike than you would be in a car or truck, so motorcycling has a higher level of risk per mile than other modes of transport. 

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

Be aware of other road users. Assume that other road users have not seen you. Wear safety gear and attend the courses that will help you out the most as a rider.

Classifications and licences

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

There are two types of full motorcycle licence:

Light motorcycle licences

A light motorcycle licence (A1) 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.

Standard motorcycle licences

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.

Safety advice

The vast majority of motorcycle accidents occur in fine weather and on dry roads, indicating that speed is a contributing factor.


Wearing a second-hand or borrowed helmet could be life threatening - helmets are designed for one impact. A helmet that's been in a crash before (or one whose history you're not sure of) will not protect you from the impacts you might receive in a crash. Investing in a new helmet could save your life.

More information

Motorcycling courses in London 

Motorcycling road safety and general information 

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