Gravel roadworks

Roadworks gravel a danger to riders

The issue of the condition of roadworks has flared again with several riders complaining about gravel left on roadworks on the Hume Highway in regional Victoria. The road was recently reopened with a reduced speed limit before it was completed, leaving the last 200m of about 3km of roadworks between Wandong and Clonbinane covered in loose …

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Summerland Way

Bumpy Summerland Way goes smooth

The Summerland Way in northern NSW is a popular motorcycle route, except for some very bumpy and dangerous sections for motorcyclists. One section near Burnetts Creek, not far from the junction with the Mt Lindesay Highway and about 50km north of Kyogle, is due to be widened and resurfaced from next week. Hopefully in widening …

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ATLM motorcycle bumps Safe System Solutions

Are white line bumps dangerous to riders?

In response to rider concerns about the safety of white line bumps, Transport for NSW conducted tests with a range of riders and found concerns may have been overstated. The raised bumps of thermoplastic material in painted lines are called audio-tactile line-markings (ATML) and sometimes erroneously called ripple or rumble strips. Roads and Maritime Services and …

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Rumble strips roadworks

Riders get ready to rumble!

If you head into roadworks, get ready to rumble over new temporary yellow rumble strips that have been deemed a safe for motorcycles. The temporary portable rumble strips have been trialled in NSW for the past two years and have been used in other states including Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland for a few …

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Oxley highway work

Major work to restore Oxley Highway

It will be at least four weeks before the bushfire-devastated Oxley Highway (above) is again open to traffic as seven Transport for NSW teams carry out extensive repair work. The news is bad for the owners of the Gingers Creek Roadhouse, a popular riders’ rest stop on the fame road. Click here to find out …

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Cheap justice in rider’s roadworks crash

More than three years after a Darwin rider died in a roadworks crash (photo above), the court has dished out cheap justice for the life of the rider. Queensland company BMD Constructions had faced fines of up to $1.5m for failing to comply with work health and safety obligations over the death of Darwin musician …

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Fix roadworks Oxley Highway

Roadworks to fix Oxley Highway mountain section

Long-awaited roadworks to fix the poor state of the famed and much-loved Oxley Highway’s mountain section are about to get underway. Last year local riders described temporary repairs to the mountain section as “dangerous”. Local rider Ken Healey said on the Port Macquarie Road Riders Facebook page that the mountain is “in the worst state I …

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TMR bike inspect road hazards

Motorcycle used to inspect road hazards

VicRoads has rejected the use of a special motorcycle to inspect for motorcycle-specific road hazards, preferring to use specially trained inspectors. Last month Coroner Paresa Spanos found that a bump that caused the death of rider Mark Rodgers and pillion Jodi Walsham may not have been detected by VicRoads because it scans roads in a …

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Resurfacing Roadworks midweek warriors regional

Call for longer roadworks warranty

New roads and roadworks in Australia are falling into disrepair too soon while short warranty periods are allowing contractors to avoid fixing their mistakes. Australia has “defects liability periods” (DLP) from as little as three months to seven years, but mainly around two years. This follows a move in Britain to hold road contractors to …

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