A special motorcycle used to audit road surfaces and detect specific rider hazards has helped win a Queensland safety award, yet offers of its use to Victoria have been rejected.
Use of the specially equipped Queensland Transport and Main Roads motorcycle to audit roads in the Mackay region has this week won a Community Award for the local volunteer Road Accident Action Group (RAAG) in the 2019 Queensland Road Safety Awards.
RAAG partnered with TMR and local riders to conduct a series of formal road safety audits using the motorcycle on popular recreational motorcycle routes with a crash history in the Mackay and Central Highlands region.
Learn2Ride trainer and RAAG member Brett Hoskin (pictured top of the page) rode the bike multiple times under wet and dry conditions.
He was also able to provide real-time commentary on the “look and feel” of the road to an audit team following him.
The information is then used to repair and maintain the roads for rider safety.
Brett says the project success was due to RAAG’s collaborative approach with all stakeholders including Government, industry and the community.
“RAAG identifies road safety issues and uses research and evidence to pursue solutions or advise the relevant stakeholder of our findings so that it can be investigated and actioned if necessary,” he says.
The motorcycle is equipped with sensors and gyroscopes to measure force, wheel speeds, and suspension movement. GPS is also used to track location, speed and time along the ride, so data sets can be synchronised.
The motorcycle also includes two cameras (front and rear) and two microphones. Commentary from the rider is used to further determine any unsafe road characteristics.