MCCNSW Steve Pearce submission to Ombudsman over Oxley highway speed

Ombudsman plea over Oxley Highway speed

A plea has been sent to NSW Ombudsman Michael Barnes to halt the speed reductions on the Oxley Highway because of deceptive crash statistics. Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCCNSW) secretary Steve Pearce says the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) used inaccurate crash data to justify the speed change from 100km/h to 80km/h on 44km of the …

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Lionel Cook crashes in unsigned roadworks

Rider crashes in unsigned patch roadworks

Hervey Bay rider Lionel Cook says there were no roadworks warning signs visible when he crashed on patch repairs that left gravel across the road. While major roadworks often have warning signs for several days after roadworks are completed, “low-impact” patch roadworks on rural roads only have signage while the work is in progress. So, …

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First Aid for Motorcyclists organisers Roger Fance Tracy Hughes

First Aid for Motorcyclists seeks new owner

First Aid for Motorcyclists founders Tracy Hughes and Roger Fance are leaving the business and looking for someone willing to pick up the reins. Roger says Tracy has unfortunately developed a “serious health issue” this year and undergone extensive treatment. “This will continue into 2018 and so we have made the difficult decision to put …

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Ride the night away moon

Full moon ‘affects motorcycle rider safety’

Fatal motorcycle crashes increase 5% during a full moon and 32% during the annual supermoon, according to research published today (December 11, 2017) in the British Medical Journal. Riders should be particularly wary in 2018 as there will be two super moons: on January 2 and another just a few weeks later on January 31. …

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Ride Sunday bike insurance

5 tips for inexpensive UK bike insurance

Everybody would love to have inexpensive bike insurance, but how do you get lower premiums? The following are five simple tips you can use to help British riders save money on their bike insurance. 1.  Use your garage Garaging your bike at home is one of the better ways to get inexpensive bike insurance.  Some …

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200-hour community service order but no conviction for death of rider Graham Jurott

Community service for rider death

A driver who caused the death of rider Graham Jurott (pictured) has received a 200-hour community service order but no conviction for “driving without due care”. Graham’s son, Lester “Doc” Jurott says he is a “little perplexed” that Sarah Winyard, 21, didn’t have a conviction recorded. “It would also have been good for a compensation …

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Melting tar claims first crash victim Mt Glorious costly engineers

Suing over motorcycle crash too costly

A rider who crashed on a badly repaired road has rejected suing the authority that knew of the problem because it would be too costly. Sydney rider Stephen Thomas, 69, crashed his 2011 Honda VFR800X Crossrunner at 50km/h on the shoddy roadworks on Mt Glorious in Brisbane’s hinterland on October 10, 2017. Transport and Main …

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Cause crash US study

SMIDSY biggest cause of motorbike crashes

It is no surprise that the biggest single cause of crashes is the fact that motorists don’t look for riders, according to a US study. The 2017 US Motorcycle Crash Causation Study was only conducted in Orange Country, California. However, the Oklahoma State University study seems to have similar results to other crash studies around the world. …

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Road safety crash accident motorcycle scam

Motorcycle crash statistics scam

Authorities that continue to selectively quote motorcycle crash statistics are perpetrating a scam that endangers vulnerable motorcycle riders. Yes, riders represent a higher proportion of the crash statistics than their number, but the trend for crashes is actually going down. However, police, authorities, road safety Nazis and media are conning us with their myopic view …

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Roadkill fauna crash statistics

Report animals loose on the road

Riders have been encouraged to report animals – livestock and even wildlife – that are roaming loose on the roads as they have the potential to cause a severe motorcycle crash. Riders are advised to contact either the police, road authorities or the local council. The call comes as recent rains have spurred roadside vegetation …

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