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10 facts that defend motorcycles

How many times have you had to defend motorcycling when a non-rider has attacked them as dangerous, noisy and smelly? They tell you to grow up or suggest you catch a bus or take up cycling instead. You feel like thumping them, but instead you defend your pastime by offering to take them for a …

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Should riders pass over white lines?

Unbroken white lines are appearing on more and more roads in an effort to stop motorists from overtaking, but is there an argument for riders to be exempt? White lines were first introduced in the US in 1911 and in Australia in the ‘20s. The idea was to keep traffic from running into each other. …

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Learner drivers not told about lane filtering

It seems that many learner drivers are not being told about motorcycle lane filtering, nor being quizzed about it in their learner test. NSW, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia have introduced lane filtering, it’s on trial in the ACT and is shortly about to be introduced in Western Australia and Tasmania. NSW, Victoria and Queensland …

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Bosch radar aids all two-wheel riders

German auto electronics company Bosch has developed car sensors that will detect cyclists and will soon also detect motorcyclists who are filtering through the traffic. The sensors were particularly developed to detect cyclists. However, Bosch Australia spokeswoman Brooke Barr says they will soon also detect motorcyclists and scooters in those situations. Bosch’s rear mid-range radar sensors …

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Call for kerb filtering, lower fines

Motorcycle riders should be able to filtering between traffic and the kerb like cyclists, lane filtering fines should be lowered and demerit points scrapped, says a Victorian rider group. In its submission to the National Transport Commission over harmonising Australia’s Road Rules, the Independent Riders Group says the Victorian lane filtering laws “make most sense …

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Move to prevent motorcycle edge filtering ban

A proposal to make lane filtering rules uniform across Australia seeks to ban edge filtering, according to the Australian Motorcycle Council. In its submission to the National Transport Commission, the AMC says the Australian Road Rules Maintenance Group (a group outside of the NTC made up of representatives from Austroads) has confused edge filtering with …

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Other riders a danger in lane filtering

There are many dangers as well as challenges in lane filtering, but one danger we may overlook is fellow lane-filtering or lane-splitting riders. Of course, we still have to be aware of drivers suddenly changing lanes without looking or indicating, being in truck and bus blind spots, road are from jealous motorists and slippery white …

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Call for lane filtering rule change

A simple lane filtering rule change could save the lives of riders who filter to the front of traffic at the lights and then take off immediately on the green. That’s what most lane-filtering riders do. However, they run the risk of being hit by vehicles from the side running a red light. We tried to …

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Open letter to car drivers from riders

To all car drivers, Very soon and filtering will be legal in all states of Australia, allowing riders to slip through stationary and slow-moving traffic. But don’t hate motorcycle riders or be jealous of us. Be thankful that we are there as we are making the roads better for you! Jealousy Some of you drivers seem to …

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Motorbike Writer believes that more riders visible in commuter traffic might encourage motorists to see us and/or leave a gap for filtering. ride to work racq steve spalding poll National Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Week in October

WA launches lane filtering poll

An online poll about lane filtering has been launched in Western Australia to help negotiate the adoption of the rules. Lane filtering is now legal in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT. However, the rules vary slightly from state to state. It is now a priority for the new WA government as it …

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