Motorcycle Awareness Month begins

Motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users and in October 2017 motorists are being encouraged to increase their awareness of riders on the roads.

Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said Transport for NSW is sponsoring Motorcycle Awareness Month this October 2017 as part of a partnership with the Motorcycle Council of NSW. The month includes numerous events aimed at educating drivers and riders to drive and ride safely and be aware of their surroundings.

“Motorcycle Awareness Month aims to reduce the number of motorcycle crashes and improve safety for riders and other road users,” Mr Carlon said.

“In 2016 18 per cent of all road fatalities and 13 per cent of all road injuries were sustained by motorcyclists, a concerning statistic when you consider motorcycles only account for four per cent of motor vehicle registrations.”

“Motorcyclists are often harder to spot because they are smaller than other vehicles and can blend easily into the background – a reason motorists should always check twice for riders.”

“Motorcycles can also accelerate faster than other vehicles, which can make it difficult for drivers to judge the approaching speed of a bike.”

“Of course, road safety is everyone’s responsibility and motorcyclists also need to ensure their behaviour is safe – from choosing the right helmet and protective gear, to scanning for hazards and sticking to the speed limit.”

“Our goal is for all motorcyclists to Ride to Live,” Mr Carlon said.

Steve Pearce, Treasurer of the Motorcycle Council of NSW said the month of awareness will kick off with a ride from Berowra to Cessnock involving hundreds of riders.

“The ride, which forms part of 2017’s launch event, aims to help the community see riders as fun-loving people who enjoy life and care about road safety,” Mr Pearce said.

“We also want drivers to look twice for us on the road – a visibility ride like this helps put us front of mind for motorists.”

“We’ll be running events with the support of Transport for NSW throughout October 2017, including the Pink Ribbon Ride on Sunday 15 October 2017 and Breakfast Torque on Sunday 29 October 2017,” Mr Pearce said.

Source: NSW Government

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