Riders needed for road safety survey

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Riders are urged to take part in a major survey on attitudes to road safety strategies which has so far only received responses from four motorcyclists.

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Dr João Canoquena of the University of Notre Dame Australia, says the final round of the survey now requires rider support to help balance the outcomes.

The survey covers community concerns about road safety strategies such as speed enforcement, wire rope barriers, roadside breath/drug testing, speed cameras, graduated licensing schemes and more.Wire rope barriers promise road safety survey

He says the survey is confidential.

“No individual participant will be identified to a third party,” he says.

“The results will only be used as aggregate outcomes. Once analysed, the data will be destroyed.”

Riders under-represented

Dr João says there were only four people in the original survey who nominated motorbike as the main means of transport to work, place of leisure or education.

“This small number limits the sorts of analyses one can conduct,” he says.

“I would like to have more motorcyclists in the sample.

Dr João says a bigger response from motorcyclists would provide answers to questions about the strategies specific to riders such as wire rope barriers.

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His project started with a pilot survey, following the analysis of 544 written public submissions to the former Australian Transport Council.

“The point the study seems to be making is that there are sentiments in the community that do not seem to be picked up by policy design,” he says.

“Those in charge of policy design do not seem to be aware that the negativity in the community has a wide range of nuances.

“It is not about people supporting or not a strategy. There is a wide range of emotions associated with some strategies, which may include disbelief, refutation, dissent etc.

“There are those who are not happy or resent certain policies, but will always be rather passive. There are others, however, who are starting to refuse certain policies. They will grow more disenchanted unless there is some sort of redress.” 

3 Comments

  1. Well, back a number of years now, NSW introduced their training/licensing system for motorbike riders.
    Since it was introduced, the rate of fatal accidents for new riders declined quite seriously.
    OK, so that worked.
    One does wonder why they still seem to hand out car driver licenses with cornflakes packets.
    I suppose it’s an issue for re-election or some such.

  2. I am concerned about motorcycle safety.
    1
    It is safer to speed up and pass slow traffic , then get back to the correct lane and down to the listed speed limit. In this way less time is spent on the opposing lane. This behaviour is recommended in the UK.
    It ought to be recommend here too.
    2
    We can all live with solid barriers at the roadside providing they are low enough to deflect fallen riders from being stopped abruptly be posts. The cheese cutter wire ropes used so widely beneath Amco barriers are deadly to fallen bikers.
    3
    A bit off topic, but Rego should apply to the rider. Not the bike as you can only ride one at a time. This would encourage those bikers who currently ride unregistered bikes to be registered.
    4
    More of the road tax built into the price of fuel ought to be spent on safer roads.

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