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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”