Melting tar on Oxley highway fix water

Water to cool melting tar in heatwave

Water will be sprayed over the Oxley Highway in the next few days as the road melts even more in the current heatwave conditions. The road began melting in December in 31C heat and is now melting even more as temperature soar higher. Save the Oxley campaigner Ken Healey says the lines of molten tar are …

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Identification bicycle

Should cyclists wear identification?

The Tasmanian Motorcycle Council (TMC) has called for free identification numbers, not registration, for cyclists over 18 so their traffic offences can be reported and riders fined. It’s an old complaint about cyclists disobeying road rules and not being fined that surfaces every now and then. Council president Paul Bullock says his call follows “many …

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Oxley Highway sand fix

Sand a short-term fix for melting tar

The recent over-application of sand on the Oxley Highway to fix slippery melting tar is a short-term fix that has outraged many riders. Since we published an article about the thick sand across the road, Roads and Maritime Services have been actively sweeping the road. However, Motorcycle Council of NSW chairman Steve Pearce says it …

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Oxley Highway sand fix

Sand used to treat melting Oxley Highway

Riders have been alarmed to find sand over a section of the Oxley Highway where hot weather has caused the asphalt to melt and become slippery. The Roads and Maritime Services was alerted to the problem last week and said they would inspect the surface this week. “Sand was placed on the Oxley Highway to …

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Red light cameras

Are more red light cameras welcome?

While many riders hate covert speed cameras that are turning us into a nation of speedo gazers, they should welcome more red light traffic cameras. Lane filtering now puts us at the front of the traffic light queue, so when the light changes to green we have a duty to get away quickly to avoid …

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Melting tar on Oxley highway fix water

Melting Oxley Highway to be inspected

Parts of the famed and much-loved Oxley Highway are melting in recent heatwave conditions, prompting a departmental inspection to assess the dangers to motorcyclists. Local rider Ken Healey says on the Port Macquarie Road Riders Facebook page that the road 25km west of Gingers Creek not far past the 80km/h zone is melting in the heat. He …

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Cop injured under new speed rule crash police emergency 40km/h

Cop injured under emergency speed rule

A recent crash that injured a NSW police motorcyclist happened despite a new rule requiring motorists to slow to 40km/h when passing stationary or slow-moving emergency vehicles. The incident occurred at Warrell Creek near Nambucca Heads, NSW, last Sunday when the officer pulled over a car and was hit by another car. Motorcycle Council of NSW Chairman Steve …

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How to ride safely in heavy traffic lane filtering tax shoulders

Should riders be allowed on road shoulders?

Highway road shoulders look inviting for motorcyclists when the traffic is heavy, but is it legal and are they a safety trap for riders? Some say it is actually safer than filtering between lanes of traffic as there are fewer instances of drivers suddenly pulling on to the road shudders compared with drivers swapping lanes. …

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international report cites motorcycle crash reasons

International report cites bike crash reasons

The motorcycle road toll can be reduced by better speed and alcohol/drug use enforcement, safer motorbikes, mandatory helmet laws and improved roads, according to an international report. These are key points in the latest World Health Organization Global status report on road safety 2018 report released this month. The report is only released every two …

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Bosch rider aids blind spot warning sensors automated radar radar year

A year of motorbike technology

Technology dominated motorcycle news this year with jet thrusters to prevent low-siders, sidecars with a drone launching pad, plus self-riding, self-balancing and even flying motorcycles. While most of these are fanciful or far-off innovations, there was some advance in more useable technology. Ducati and KTM have made giant leaps forward with Bosch developing blind spot …

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