NSW Future transport report

Transport future without motorcycles?

While the future of transport would seem to be smaller vehicles and more two-wheelers, one state doesn’t agree and has left motorcycles out of its plans. The NSW Future Transport Technology Roadmap for the next 20 years doesn’t mention motorcycles once in its 98 pages. That’s not uncommon among planning authorities. We’ve criticised Austroads before over …

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Lower truck speed limit trialled on the Monash Freeway

Is truck speed limit trial doomed?

The trial of a 90km/h speed limit for trucks on a section of the Melbourne Monash Freeway starting today (August 25, 2016) could be doomed to failure. This official animation video shows no benefit in traffic flow and even shows cars and motorcycles undertaking and making dangerous manoeuvres around trucks spread across the four-lane freeway.   …

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Lane filtering forum act extends bosch borders

Why we should lane filter more often

The more that riders lane filter, the more motorists will learn that it is legal, not an obstruction to traffic and helps relieve traffic congestion. More motorists might also come to see motorcycles as a valid and useful mode of transport. Just because we have lane-filtering laws in three states and the ACT (under trial …

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Rider crashes into unsecured load

This video of an American rider crashing into a load that had fallen off the back of a boat trailer being pulled by an SUV is a lesson in never following vehicles with dodgy looking loads. Rider Brendan Jankowski, 20, doesn’t seem to be following very closely, but it is close enough for him not …

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Queensland Transport and Main Roads instrumented motorcycle audit

Motorcycle monitors road surfaces

Don’t panic if you see this motorcycle in your rearview mirror; it’s not a cop but a special vehicle used to monitor road surfaces. It’s the Queensland Transport and Main Roads instrumented motorcycle that rides around popular motorcycle roads gathering date from danger spots. The data is used to develop safety measures, improve road design …

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Kevin Bartlett fights ‘stupid’ motorcycle rules

Aussie racing car legend Kevin Bartlett has taken up the fight against “stupid” motorcycle laws that prevent riders from stretching their legs or standing up on the footpegs. Even Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has admitted to stretching his legs when riding. “It’s bullshit and ill-conceived,” says KB who is not one to mince words. …

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Fine me for standing up while riding a motorcycle

This is a photo of me performing an act which could be illegal in every state of Australia … and I dare the police to issue me with a traffic infringement notice. It seems that riders are not allowed to stand while riding a motorcycle, even though it is a common and safe practice on …

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