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Older sportsbike riders most likely to crash

Sportsbike riders, in particular older riders, have greater odds of being involved in serious injury crashes than riders of other types of bike, according to an Austroads study released today. (November 3, 2015) The Motorcycle In-depth Crash Study found that bikes need better technologies (ABS, traction control, etc), riders need to be more aware and roads …

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Bad rural road design causes bike crashes

Some bike crashes are caused by poor rural road design, according to an Austroads report. The Austroads Road Design Task Force report analyses a wide range of rural road design theories, with a special section just for motorcycles. This is a welcome departure for Austroads, the leading transport and traffic authority in Australia and New Zealand, …

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Riders insignificant in statistics: Austroads

Riders are statistically insignificant according to Austroads, the leading transport and traffic authority in Australia and New Zealand, a situation described by rider advocacy spokespeople as “dismissive”, “ignorant” and “appalling”. Responding to the MotorbikeWriter petition for Austroads to pay more attention to riders when compiling important reports, chairman Peter Duncan defends their position. He says that …

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Austroads crash report on rear-enders first aid licence checks

Petition to get Austroads to recognise riders

In the wake of Austroads neglecting to mention motorcycles in two recent important reports that impact dramatically on riders’ safety, MotorbikeWriter has drafted a petition to the board chairman. SIGN THE PETITION HERE Australian Motorcycle Council chairman Shaun Lennard says he is “surprised” that Austroads – the leading transport and traffic authority in Australia and …

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Austroads crash report on rear-enders first aid licence checks

Austroads again ignores motorcyclists

The leading transport and traffic authority in Australia, Austroads, has again neglected motorcyclists in its latest report on rear-ender crashes. In the 129-page report titled Investigation of Key Crash Types: Rear-end Crashes in Urban and Rural Environments, there is not one mention of the word “motorcycle”. Zip, zero, nada, nought! This is despite the fact …

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AustRoads’ Review of the National Road Safety Strategy

Road Safety review targets speed and riders

Slower speed limits, more hi-tech speed enforcement and safer, flexible road signs for motorcyclists are among the suggested actions from AustRoads’ Review of the National Road Safety Strategy. We recently criticised AustRoads because their 87-page report outlining the framework for planning road networks totally neglected motorcycle riders. There is no such case in this 174-page …

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Austroads neglects motorcycles

An 87-page Austroads report outlining the framework for planning road networks totally neglects motorcycle riders. The “Level of Service Metrics (for Network Operations)” report is designed to take in “the perspectives of different road users”. It recognises and refers to private motorists, transit users, pedestrians, cyclists and freight, but in the entire document there is …

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Austroads considers draconian bike laws

All novice riders will first have to hold a car licence for one year under a plan being considered by Austroads.  The draconian pre-requisite is already in place in Queensland and is included in an open-ended discussion paper written by Dr Ron Christie who died before he could complete it. The Austroads paper also endorses the …

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Are wire rope barriers ‘rider slicers’?

The dangers to motorcycle riders of wire rope barriers may have been overstated, according to an AustRoads report and the Australian Motorcycle Council. Motorcycle riders have called wire rope barriers “widow-makers”, “rider slicers” and “people graters”. However, an AustRoads “Improving Roadside Safety” report has found that fixed barriers are more dangerous than semi-rigid or flexible …

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