Gray was a professional specialist educator in Road Safety (heavy vehicle – Bus and Coach) since 1990. From 1996, he has been involved in the motorcycling discipline, as a riding instructor of all levels, including Instructor training and curriculum design and implementation. He has worked in both the Government and Private sectors. In 2015, Gray was awarded a Master of Education (Adult), which was oriented specifically around motorcycle rider and Instructor training. His PhD thesis is focused on the Pedagogical, Experiential and Social Influences on the Riding Skills of Learner and returning Motorcycle Riders.
Research Title: How does the pedagogical influence of individual motorcycle riders enhance or hinder Road Safety initiatives and approaches?
Motorcycle riding is increasing in popularity in New South Wales. Unfortunately, with the increase in motorcycle registrations and licenses, there has come an increase in serious injury and fatalities. Since the early 1990’s the NSW Government has required motorcycle licence applicants to progress through a Graduated Licensing Scheme, which includes compulsory Rider Training. Although various studies have been completed, there remains little or no empirical evidence that Rider Training is contributing to safer riders. Additionally, the number of returning riders appears to be increasing and they are also being involved in serious incidents on the roads.
Research into how motorcycle riders learn to ride, post-training, for both Learner and Unrestricted licence holders, will provide some insight into whether the training is achieving its aims as a road safety counter measure.
The main aims of the research include:
- The study of how newly licensed Learner riders approach riding unaccompanied on the road;
- An investigation of licensed riders that have not ridden for some time approach riding;
- Investigate how riders are able to transfer the knowledge, skills and attitudes taught on training courses to “real life” situations;
- Identify the extent to which riders are able to recall the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to operate a motorcycle on public roads, after an extended period of non-riding.
The findings have the potential to influence road safety and education practitioners in developing training and development interventions for motorcycle riders. It may also assist the government policy makers in the design and development of licensing procedures and Road Safety counter measures.