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COVID Forces Changes to NSW Motorcycle Awareness Month

The pandemic limitations have forced the Motorcycle Council of NSW to change how it runs the annual Motorcycle Awareness Month (MAM) in October 2020.

MCC of NSW chairman Trip Henry says the awareness month will “look different this year”.

“Usually filled with fun events and mass rides through urban and country towns, we have had to look at different avenues to get our message across,” he says.

For over ten years, MCC of NSW have used this month to celebrate motorcycling and promote awareness for drivers to look out for motorcycles.

This year they have created a new video as well as radio and Spotify advertising to spread their safety message of #lookoutformotorcycles.

‘Can you see the motorcycle?’ video

Our Patron, Greg Piper MP, launches this year’s Motorcycle Awareness Month: ‘Motorcycle Awareness Month is an…

Posted by Motorcycle Council of NSW Inc-MCCNSW-#lookoutformotorcycles on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

To kick off the month, MCC of NSW have developed a video demonstrating to drivers how difficult it is to see motorcycles on the road. With a small and narrow profile, they can easily be missed by drivers.

The video features, Greg Piper, Member of Parliament for Port Macquarie, avid motorcyclist and Patron of MCC of NSW.

“The video is amazing to watch, even our seasoned motorcyclists are surprised how hard we are to see on the road,” Trip says.
“We will be promoting the video across our Facebook page of over 8000 followers, local and national media, and through Spotify music and podcast advertising.”

Younger drivers targeted with Spotify advertising

For the first time, they will also advertise on Spotify through their music and podcasts, particularly to younger drivers, to look twice for motorcycles.

“Every driver, young and old will get the message to look out for motorcyclists will help save lives,” Trip says.

“The majority of multi-vehicle crashes involving a motorcycle, are due to the action of the other driver, usually failing to see or give way to the rider.”

Look out for Joe Rider radio campaign

On the success of last year’s Joe Rider competition, a Triple M radio advertising campaign will be running again from 12th – 16th October 2020.

The Joe Rider competition will ask drivers to look out for ‘Joe’ motorcycle riders in a hi-vis vest, through the streets of Sydney.

The ads will be played during the morning and peak hours.

The competition, with daily prizes and a major prize sponsored by Shannons Insurance, is designed to remind drivers to look out for motorcyclists.

Trips to the Snowy Valley and Cootamundra region

The COVID restrictions have seen more motorcyclists taking trips to regional areas. The Snowy Valleys Council and Cootamundra Gundagai Regional Council will be promoting motorcycle safety on high-speed country roads.

Safety messages will be communicated through local activities including distribution of placemats for hospitality venues, weekly social media posts, ‘Live to Ride’ banners displayed at major intersections, and a motorcycle survey.

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MCC NSW members offered free Wills

No one likes to think of their mortality, especially vulnerable motorcycle riders, but the Motorcycle Council of NSW has organised free Wills for members.

Chairman Steve Pearce says they have negotiated the deal for all members through MCC NSW legal advisors, Robert Bryden Lawyers.

The service is on top of a recent Council offer of discounted national roadside assistance to all riders, whether they are a member or not.

It also comes as the council has launched a new-look website with a news feed link to Motorbike Writer as their trusted source of motorcycle news, views, reviews and lifestyle.

Will service

Rob Bryden

Rob Bryden says a professionally compiled will could cost anywhere from $600 to $900 depending on the complexity.  

“We are offering complimentary wills and they will be tailored to each person’s individual needs obviously — some may need more complex protection than others,” he says.

“It’s absolutely key every single person over 18 has a Will so that if the unforeseen happen (and let’s face it accidents happen every day) those that they care about are looked after.   

“If you don’t have an up-to-date Will, the control of the estate will not be in the hands of an executor and distributed according to the rider’s wishes and circumstances, but according to legislation controlled by the government.”

RBL have set up an online process so there is no need for a time-consuming face-to-face meeting.

Click here for the online form.

RBL will draft the Will according to the form and provide advice where required or wanted and then it is executed.

“A Will needs to be legal and undertaken with informed decisions and advice,” Rob says.

“We are offering this service free of charge to MCC NSW members in good faith and willingness to support.” 

Passionate advocate

Rob with a KTM track car

Rob says he is a passionate advocate for road safety.

He drives and races cars on track regularly, lobbied when Government wanted to introduce the CTP changes and lobbies for better treatment of motorcyclists on roads.

Rob was also the NSW Senate Elect for Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party and was key in developing the NSW Learner Driver Program initiative. 

“There are obvious synergies between MCC NSW and Robert Bryden Lawyers so we hope to work together in common areas around road safety, CTP, etc,” he says.

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Road rules campaign ignores motorcycles

A campaign to highlight road rules to motorists ignores motorcycles at a time when the fatality rate is high and motorcycle awareness is vital, says the Motorcycle Council of NSW.

Chairman Steve Pearce says it is a dangerous oversight in the annual Road Rules Awareness Week (April 8-14, 2019).

“How do we encourage awareness and discussion around the motorcycle rider road toll?” he asks.

“I would like to see published analysis of the current fatality rate, so we can maybe draw some lessons from what has happened to others.

“I know the analysis is available, it just needs to be publicised.”

His comments follow a recent state of five motorcycle fatalities in a week and seven more deaths so far this year than the previous year.

The only reaction from the police so far is to highlight a few examples of riders caught riding at extreme speeds.

Road rules campaign

Road Rules Awareness Week is part of the Towards Zero campaign by the Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety which has featured videos such as above. 

Community Education Officer Cassady Southern confirms that they “don’t have any motorcycle specific material going out over the road rules week”.

However, riders can ask specific motorcycle road rule questions in a Facebook Live session with Centres for Road Safety boss Bernard Carlon on Tuesday, April 9, at 5.30pm.

The campaign will also feature press releases; Facebook posts, promotions in Service Centres and train stations and “stakeholder communication kits”.

But they will include no motorcycle-specific information.

However, Cassady points out that they post about motorcycling “regularly” on their Facebook page.

“A recent motorcycle lane filtering quiz on our Facebook page performed really well,” Cassady says.

However, it was a pretty simple quiz and didn’t reveal much at all.

Road Safety Quiz: Is this fully licensed motorcyclist in the picture lane filtering legally?a) Nob) Yesc) Yes, under certain circumstancesPost your answer in the comments below.

Publiée par NSW Road Safety – NSW GOV sur Mardi 26 février 2019

Safety agenda

Steve questions the expense of the road rules campaign and the motorcycle-specific Roads We Ride YouTube safety videos.

“Is this a good allocation of funds into saving riders lives?” he asks.

Steve says riders need to “take back the agenda” on motorcycle safety.

He also suggests riders “focus on correcting habits and building awareness of not only the environment we ride in, but also our own skills and limitations”.

“Sure, there are always SMIDSY incidents, as we are hard to see, especially if drivers are not looking.

“Let’s work to understand the controllable factors first, then look at the road rules.”

Steve Pearce chairman of the Motorcycle Council of NSW Look for motorcyclists in Motorcycle Awareness Month roadside assist ignores
Steve Pearce

Our view

The Transport for NSW road rules campaign that ignores riders has missed a great opportunity to make motorists aware that lane filtering is legal.

They say the campaign gives “NSW road users the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the road rules, including new or commonly misunderstood rules”.

So why not lane filtering?

It is also misses an opportunity to alert interstate riders of the differences in rules compared with other states at a vital time when riders from other states will be visiting NSW during the Easter holidays.

Double demerit points will also apply during the Easter holidays from April 18-22.

Find out if they apply to interstate riders.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com