Saving lives on London’s roads.

 Who are they?

Where are they?
West London.

How big are they?
Run entirely by volunteers.

What do they do?
Train motorcyclists in advanced riding techniques, with a view to reducing casualties.

What did they receive?
MS Office Professional

The outcome?
Membership database on Access, and training presentations on PowerPoint.
The accident statistics that pertain to motorcycling are sobering – one estimate states that motorcyclists account for around 4% of the nation’s road journeys, yet comprise an estimated 40% of traffic casualties. A biker’s physical vulnerability means that (s)he is sixteen times more likely than a car driver to suffer a serious injury over the equivalent mileage; by all criteria, it is a relatively dangerous mode of transport.

In West London, volunteers working for Middlesex Advanced Motorcyclists help to train bikers in advanced riding and road awareness techniques that can keep them out of trouble on the road.

“We’re affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists,” explains Paul Brown at MAM, which is a registered charity. “We run courses that raise the riders’ skill levels and aim to make them more aware of their surroundings on the road. In this way, we aim to reduce casualties and save lives.”

With its volunteers working from home, and meetings etc. taking place in a rented hall, the MAM doesn’t possess an ‘IT Infrastructure’ as such. Nevertheless, Microsoft software has become an important tool in the charity’s armoury.

“We use Office for all our meetings’ minutes etc., and Outlook for email. And our membership database is now on Access, which was the original reason that we sought the software donation from CTX. It makes it so much easier,” Paul says.

Microsoft PowerPoint in particular has made a big difference to how the charity interacts with its end users.

“PowerPoint is very good for what we need,” explains Paul. “We use it to produce presentations for the courses, including instructional videos. There are a lot of theory-based sessions, and now we can pull together information from Roadcraft, the police riders’ manual and present this to our associates, or to our observers”

The charity does not raise funds itself – its sole source of income is the fee paid by its 200-odd members. Clearly, the objective is to keep this fee as low as possible, to encourage people to enrol for the potentially life-saving courses. CTX therefore made a big difference to the charity by facilitating the Microsoft donations.

“We’ve been struggling by for the past few years,” says Paul, citing the common issue of people trying to communicate and to share files when using ad hoc and obsolete software platforms. “But now we have Office, which is the industry standard, and something that many of us use at work. We wouldn’t have been able to afford this otherwise.”


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