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Councils not required to address potholes

An inquest into the death of a motorcyclist who hit a pothole on a new bridge has issued no findings of fault, nor made recommendations for councils to promptly fix road defects. James Hughes, 50, died when his Ducati 900S hit a massive pothole at the Oallen Ford Bridge near Goulburn in NSW on October …

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Lane filtering: Watch for driver doors

The video below shows the danger to lane filtering riders of a driver who gets out of their vehicle while stopped at traffic lights. It’s illegal for a driver to leave their vehicle while stopped at traffic lights or on a roadway, unless parked at the roadside. It is also illegal to “create a hazard” by opening …

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Typical motorcycle rear-ender crash

This video shows a British courier driver hitting a motorcycle from the rear while waiting to give way at an intersection, a typical rear-ender scenario for motorcycles. The problem is that the van driver may have seen the rider, but then turns his head to the right to look for oncoming traffic. He obviously doesn’t look …

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Two motorcycle crash investigations stall

Police investigations into two controversial motorcycle crashes in Melbourne have stalled after almost six months, infuriating the rider victims. The first crash happened on July 17 at 1.40pm when a woman in a Camry drove in front two motorcycle riders in Melbourne. The riders, Steve Caruana and Marc Logan, have left hospital but are still …

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What animals are riders’ worst enemies?

In Australia, the kangaroo, wallaby and pademelon (yes, that’s right!) are the biggest enemy of riders accounting for 70% of all crashes with animals. However, but you’d be surprised what other animals are on the list, according to Suncorp insurance claims data. Dogs are next with 7.7% of all motorcycle-versus-animal strikes, but it would have been worse years …

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Scientific studies explain SMIDSY

Riders might think drivers don’t care about hitting us, but there is actually scientific evidence that shows they really don’t see us. Of course no driver wants to run into a motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian. After all, it would cause extensive and expensive damage to their vehicle! The problem is that comparatively small road users …

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MotoMedics patrol sobers riders

While police patrol motorcycle “hot spots” on covert bikes, a MotoMedics first-responder motorcycle on Mt Glorious seems to have had a more preventative effect. In their first full weekend of operation MotoMedics Queensland has reported no incidences, despite a very active weekend for riders around Brisbane. MotoMedics is a volunteer riders group who will act as first responders to injured …

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Trainers needed to help save lives

Have you got what it takes to help save lives by training other riders on how to be an effective first responder at motorcycle crashes? First Aid for Motorcyclists (FAFM) founders Tracy Hughes and Roger Fance have taken their Motorcycle Accident Management course around the country in the past 18 months, training around 1800 riders …

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Insurance all-clear for MotoMedics

Insurance hurdles have held up the start of a volunteer riders group acting as first responders to injured motorcycle riders while they wait for the ambulance to arrive. It’s called MotoMedics Queensland and they will finally be operational this Sunday on Mt Glorious and Mt Nebo near Brisbane with hopes of extending their free service …

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Knights gather for round-table ride at Kryal Castle

Knights gather for round-table ride

SES volunteers, fire-fighters, police and medically trained riders will head to Kryal Castle, Ballarat, for the first Knights of the Round Table (KORT) conference this weekend. The riders from all over Australia are members of various “Knights” motorcycle clubs. The Orange Knights MC is for SES volunteers, Red Knights for fire-fighters who ride, Blue Knights …

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