Passing lanes

Passing lanes make motorists safer

Passing lanes make motorists safer with many speeding up to 125km/h to safely pass, yet police continue to set up speed traps in these safe sections of road. Austroads has published a report that found passing lanes have many safety benefits, including perceived safety by motorists, safer operational conditions, and historical crash reductions. That’s despite …

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Epidemic of reduced speed limits in 2016

Are there too many changes in speed zones?

Despite a 2014 Austroads report finding there are too many speed zones and the frequency of zone changes is too high, chances of authorities making any changes as a result of the report are minimal, an Austroads official admits. The 116-page “Model National Guidelines for Setting Speed Limits at High-Rick Locations” report is not a …

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Roundabouts road safety rules

Roundabouts a major rider danger

Roundabouts are just as dangerous for riders as intersections says Austroads which has called for riders to be considered a priority in “Safe System” design. Their aptly named report, “Understanding and Improving Safe System Intersection Performance” says intersections account for 30% of all vehicle crash injuries, but a massive 47% for motorcyclists. It confirms the …

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BMW Vision Next 100 driverless automated self-driving artificial intelligence tests autonomous kill

Riders ignored by autonomous tests

Australian governments have issued guidelines for trials of autonomous vehicles on our roads but made no mention of motorcycles. The 24-page Austroads and National Transport Commission report does not mention motorcycles once, although bicycles are mentioned. Austroads boss Nick Koukoulas says the guidelines draw on international best practice and have a strong focus on safety. …

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uk roads motorcycles and scooters congestion Are roads becoming safer for riders?

Are roads becoming safer for riders?

Road construction and road safety experts around the world are acknowledging that roads need to be designed with rider safety in mind, but only one country seems to be following the advice. Highways England, the company responsible for running over 4000 miles (6400km) of England’s motorways and major roads, has joined a landmark collaboration to …

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Austroads Motorcycle hazard perception tests added

Motorcycle hazard perception tests added

Austroads is producing a claimed world-first library of motorcycle hazard perception test (HPT) videos and supporting road safety material to help train novice riders. The project is expected to modernise the HPT videos used in most states and introduce them in Tasmania and the territories. It is believed the computer-based motorcycle-specific tests will improve learner training and graduated licensing systems. …

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Riderless motorcycles are coming

Yamaha is testing a robot motorcycle, Kawasaki is developing a bike with artificial intelligence and now an engineering student has built a riderless model-sized motorcycle. Could the bikes of the future ride themselves and not need rider input? In the above video, micro-engineering student Eric Unnervik, from the Research institution in Lausanne, explains (in French) how …

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Austroads Better roads report lane filtering Are roads becoming safer for riders?

Better roads reduce bike crashes, report

Roads need to be better designed, funded and maintained to reduce the risk of motorcycle crashes, a 244-page Austroads report has found. The report, titled “Infrastructure Improvements to Reduce Motorcycle Casualties”, is the result of a two-year study to identify infrastructure improvements to reduce motorcycle crash risk and crash severity. It says motorcycles should be …

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Lane filtering ignored in urban speed report

Austroads makes no mention of lane filtering in its latest report concerned with achieving “safer” speeds in our urban road network. The 104-page report titled “Achieving Safe System Speeds on Urban Arterial Roads: Compendium of Good Practice” features a range of suggestions, but none mentions how effective lane filtering is in reducing rear-ender crashes for …

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Austroads Safer speeds study

Austroads says safer speeds are lower speeds

Austroads has published a major study into speeding which presumes that the public wants “safer speeds” that are lower speeds. The whole premise for the 161-page report seems to be that lower vehicle speeds means less risk. It recommends a wide range of campaign strategies including reducing speed limits, more signs showing your current speed, …

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