Course helps rider back onto bike after horrific accident

09:00 21 February 2014

Rick Norman has found his confidence on the roads again since taking his RoSPA course.

Rick Norman has found his confidence on the roads again since taking his RoSPA course.

Archant

Ricky Norman built his confidence back up after breaking 23 bones in a motorcycle accident.

A BARNSTAPLE man has told how an advanced driving course gave him the confidence to get back on his motorbike after a horrific accident.

Rick Norman was driving along the A149 on Friday October 13, 1989, at around 60 miles per hour when a car came from his left hand side and drove over the road.

“I remember the noise and the car under me also seeing my bike following me over the car,” said Mr Norman.

“Next thing I know is waking up to the face of a young nurse who, lucky for me, was in the house by the shop and got me back.”

Mr Norman broke and fractured 23 bones in the collision and spent 12 days in hospital, but despite riding again could not get his confidence back.

“I have since been very nervous of the left-hand side of the road, which stopped me being in the right position for a right hand corner,” he said.

“My way of saying thank you to all the Hospital staff was to give blood for a long time. This then led me, eventually, to want to ride for the Devon Freewheelers.”

Mr Norman needed to become an advanced rider in order to be considered, so he decided to take part in a course run by accident prevention charity RoSPA.

“After a shaky start, and a lot of help from all involved, I got over my fear of the far left position and the confidence has come back so much so that, after 23 years post crash, I passed at gold standard and had a grin for a week.

“I now ride for the Devon Freewheelers, and I have so much respect for the work they do to improve the riding of others that I am now riding with RoSPA as an observer so I can make a difference and give something back.”

A series of advanced courses will be run by the Roadar North Devon Advanced Drivers and Riders at Park Community School on February 25.

For more information call Martin Setherton on 01237 422208 (cars) or Rob Hook on 01237 479775 (motorcycles).

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:18
Barnstaple's Anchorwood Bank development begins to take shape. Picture: Austin Wallas

Parts of Barnstaple’s riverfront are set to be opened up to the public for the first time in centuries – as huge progress is made on the town’s Anchorwood Bank development.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:21
Former classmates of Barnstaple Girls' Grammar School got together for a joint 70th birthday reunion in Barnstaple on Saturday. Picture: Andy Keeble

Former pupils from all over the world back in town after half a century to share memories of school days – including brown knickers!

Read more
Yesterday, 13:38
How the extension to Atlantic Village is proposed to look.

Bideford shopping centre has applied for extension of time for plans to almost double in size.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:15

Police asking for people to come forward after alleged attack on Sunday evening

Read more
Yesterday, 10:35
There was a great turnout for South Molton Community College's 2015 prom

Around 100 now-former Year 11 pupils celebrated the end of their GCSEs at the South Molton Community College prom.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:24
Philip Milton, owner of the White Hart in Bratton Fleming. Picture: Andy Keeble

Local businessman Philip Milton to present ‘schematic ideas’ to villagers next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:25

Fire fighters called out to Bideford home in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) after chip pan caught fire.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:06

Police appeal for witnesses to assault where two young men on bicycles knocked disabled teenager off her bike and kicked her.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
Jellyfish on Putsborough. Pic by @redwoodsurfshop

‘Invasion’ on North Devon shores as moon jellyfish and barrel jellyfish bloom. We asked the Marine Conservation Scoiety why...

Read more
Yesterday, 07:55
Should parking in Bideford be free?

Bideford and District Chamber of Commerce is looking to tackle ‘real issue’ of parking in the town.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder