Welcome to the Motorcycle Riders Association – Australian Capital Territory
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Canberra Deakin Football Club in Deakin and we invite all interested members and prospective members to come along.
Send us an email to tell us you may come to the meeting. We’ll meet you at the door and show you where we meet. If you would like to eat first, some of us have a meal from about 6.30pm and all are most welcome.
Winner 2016 Joe Rider Spotter Award Presentation
The winner of the Joe Rider competition for spotting Joe riding was Nalalya Crouch. At the General Meeting on Tuesday 13 December, we presented her with the prize – a gift certificate for a balloon ride. A big thanks to Natalya for participating!
2016 Pink Ribbon Ride
Donations raised for the Breast Cancer Network Australia
Why Join the MRA ACT?
The MRA ACT can only continue to be successful if it receives ongoing support from riders of the ACT and immediate surrounds. While the MRA ACT has achieved a lot for riders, we must continue to build on our achievements and that is only possible if we actively receive your support.
Our community knows we exist through our charity work which has grown steadily under the stewardship of our many volunteers, with rides of over 1000 riders becoming a benchmark rather than an aspiration.
The MRA ACT is recognised as the representative body of the motorcycling community of the ACT. We have embraced the other clubs in the ACT and have been rewarded with several becoming affiliate members.
The MRA ACT participates in Government decision making and is called upon to provide views and raise concerns. The ACT and federal governments, opposition and other parties recognise the MRA ACT as the representative body for motorcyclists in the ACT and surrounds irrespective of the type of motorcycle or single track vehicles, gender, age or club affiliation.
The MRA ACT encourages all riders to support our work in achieving the organisation’s objectives.
To represent all riders of the ACT and immediate surrounds irrespective of gender, age, club affiliation, or type of motorcycle or single track vehicles they ride by
- Raising the profile of motorcycling in the broader community
- Actively pursuing equal rights to the use of the roads and regions of the ACT
- Improving road safety for riders but not by undermining a riders right to choose
- Engendering motorcycling as a safe, efficient and greener alternative form of sustainable transport
The MRA ACT organise a number of charity and awareness events in the ACT
|Blanket Run in May||Motorcycle Awareness Week in October|
|Joe Rider campaign during Motorcycle Awareness Week
||Bikers Breakfast during Motorcycle Awareness Week
|Pink Ribbon Ride in October||Toy Run in December|
Rider education & skills development
The MASTERS course is for returning and mature aged riders and has a positive impact on the returning bikers.
NEXT M.A.S.T.E.R.S. COURSE:
26th November 8.30 – 4.30 pm (with the 3-hour classroom session 6-9 pm the previous evening)
Mature Age Skills Training for Experienced RiderS or “M.A.S.T.E.R.S.” training is a defensive road skills course initiated by the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT, developed and conducted by Stay Upright Rider Training and partially subsidised by the ACT Government. For this reason the training is available to ACT and region riders only.
Long-term licensed riders from the ACT and surrounding region only who have not had any formal rider training in the last 15 years and who are returning to motorcycling after a lengthy break.
Receive individual assessment and tips to improve your riding enjoyment and improve mental and physical control skills. Increase confidence and build a systematic and safer approach to riding.
• manoeuvring (body english),
• normal stops,
• quick stops,
• steering (curves, slaloms etc),
• lead and follow the instructor.
All activities are optional and conducted at a pace to suit you – no pressure, no performance targets.
11 hours (3 hr classroom session, 8 hour practical training)
$160 (remember, M.A.S.T.E.R.S. is subsidised)
Open rider licence holders only.
Blanket Run 2016
On Saturday 14th May the Canberra motorcyclists came together for the Annual Blanket Run organised for over 30 years by the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT. Riders started arriving at Old Parliament House from 8.00 with the breakfast Egg and Bacon Rolls being provided by the Canberra Branch of the Ulysses Club. The coffee van was popular especially as it was a cool foggy morning, a reminder of the people who are homeless and what they have to cope with in the cold Canberra winters.
As Simon was busy at Stay Upright Rider Training for the morning, busy training more new riders, Jen Woods (MRA ACT President) introduced Richo to the crowd as the new MC for the event. Richo can generally be found with the Canberra Riders and it was good to have his involvement.
The Veterans MC turned up early, swooping on the coffee and breakfast, and also donated a cheque for $300 for the Blanket Run appeal to the Salvation Army’s representative, Celia Nunez. Other clubs attending the ride were Drefence Riders, led by CDF Mark Binskin, Canberra Café Racers, Canberra Riders, Female Riders of Canberra (FRoC), Ducati and BMW clubs, as well as others.
At 10.00, MRA ACT Vice President Mike Kelly led the ride out, heading to Woden, then back over Commonwealth Avenue Bridges, along Parkes Way, over Kings Avenue Bridge and returning to Old Parliament House.
Nicky Hussey, MRA ACT Secretary manned the MRA ACT tent, joining up new members and talking to riders, as Bob Howie (MRA ACT Committee member) and Leanne Patterson (MRA ACT Treasurer), both collected donations and assisted Nicky.
Local politicians Mick Gentleman MLA and Jayson Hinder, Member for Ginninderra, rode their motorcycles, and Alistair Coe, Shadow Minister for Transport donned an jacket and participated as a pillion.
An amount of around $2000 was donated, and a huge pile of blankets donated. Members of the community also came along with their donations, which was fantastic. Non perishable food was also donated and Salvation Army Envoy Roz Edwards expressed their gratitude for the assistance and assured the crowd that the donations would be well used.
MRA ACT President expressed appreciation to Greg Williams for his ongoing support for the event – Greg provides the PA and music for the event. The support of Old Parliament House, TAMS and the National Capital were also acknowledged.
The Attorney-General Simon Corbell MLA had released a Discussion Paper to provide the community and stakeholders with an opportunity to consider and provide input on the potential introduction of consorting laws for the ACT to target serious and organised criminal activity.
On 5 June 2015, the Chief Minister Mr Andrew Barr MLA outlined the government’s strategic priorities for 2015?16, including ‘Enhancing liveability & social inclusion’. Under this priority the government has committed to ‘[t]ackling Organised Crime’ which includes ‘implement[ing] new laws to combat organised criminal groups, including outlaw motorcycle clubs’. The MRA ACT is pleased to report that this proposal has been shelved by the ACT Government for now.
The MRA ACT submitted a response, attached, and which can also be found on this link.