September marks the start of the season for motorcyclists in New Zealand when over half of all motorcyclists get their bikes out of the garage, get back on the road and look forward to the long summer of riding.
Clutha District Council Road Safety Coordinator Rachel Harrison said Clutha Road Safety is joining the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) and ACC, to remind all motorists that more motorcyclists will be on the road and that they need to ‘look twice’ for motorcyclists.
“It’s an important time for all road users to know that they’ll see more motorcycles on the road from September onwards, and they’ll need to take extra care.”
“Motorcycle Awareness Month is a timely reminder to think about what we can do to make the road a safer place for all road users”, says MSAC Deputy Chair, Janice Millman.
“We’re asking drivers to do three things: look twice before changing lanes, at intersections and check blind spots. These three simple things have the potential to prevent a large number of motorcyclist injuries on the roads. It might seem simple, but to a rider these small actions can make all the difference.”
MSAC and ACC are also asking riders to check their bike and riding gear is in good condition before getting back on the road.
Mrs Harrison said if people were thinking of refreshing their riding skills, check out a Ride Forever course.
Ride Forever is a training programme for motorcyclists, developed by ACC.
“It provides coaching for riders of all skill levels and is available across the country, look out for some courses coming soon to the Clutha District,” Mrs Harrison said.