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Please see what we are sending to existing and prospective MLAs for the upcoming ACT Legislative Assembly election. We encourage you to contact your MLAs directly to support our cause and achieve “MORE RIDERS MORE OFTEN” in the ACT.

2024 ACT Election Issues for the Motorcycle Riders Association ACT (MRA ACT)

Dear Candidate for the ACT Legislative Assembly,

The MRA ACT has represented the views of riders from the ACT and surrounding region for over 30 years. It advocates riding motorcycle and scooters (internal combustion and electric) as an affordable, enjoyable and efficient transport method that impacts minimally on infrastructure.

We continuously collect data from relevant road user groups and forums for consideration by policy-makers, transport safety and research bodies.

Priority issues our riding community will raise with you during your campaign are presented below with a suggested solution(s).

ROAD SHARING:

To provide a safer and more inviting space for motorcycles/scooters on arterial roads:

·       Develop transit lanes that extend beyond the main town centres and are promoted as options for all riders (as well as for T2, EVs, taxis and public  transport).

PARKING:

Reduce the impact of riders forced to use car parking and inappropriate spaces where dedicated free motorcycle parking is inadequate:

·       Expand parking options around town centres, employment hubs and  education institutions. Include pavement locations that are convenient  for riders that do not adversely impact pedestrians.

COSTS:

Align motorcycle/scooter registration fee structure with government road user and environmental strategies:

·       Use a ‘proportion’ calculation for determining registration costs —  consider vehicle mass, occupant numbers, CO2  emissions, vehicle  purpose, and possession of multiple vehicle registrations per individual.

·       Review and raise the current 300cc registration tier to a higher level  capacity to promote increased use of motorcycles and scooters.

ADVOCACY AND DATA:

Improve all road design/ construction/ user policies and emergency service policies based on comprehensive data collection and sharing to comply with the National Road Safety Action Plan:

·       Collect and store consistently categorised and usable data that is easily  accessible and kept up to date.

·       Provide the MRA ACT and other trusted user groups with access to  comprehensive collision and crash statistics, circumstances, causes, and  contributory-cause data including infrastructure.

WILDLIFE:

Increase road safety for motorcycle/scooter riders using major roads frequented by wildlife:

·       Conduct road collision and trauma risk-assessments on high-speed roads and  locations where wildlife is abundant.

·       Instal warning signs and implement rider safety measures, such as virtual  and additional physical fencing.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:

Decrease road trauma and the incidence of collision by new and unskilled motorcycle/scooter riders:

·       Develop a plan to meet motorcycling e/scooter training requirements,  and provide up-to-date, easily accessible facilities to serve ACT  residents.

The members of the MRA ACT urge you to detail your support of motorcycle /scooter ownership and riding in your election campaign.

To this end, MRA ACT suggests that ‘More Riders More Often’ is a simple motto. Achieving this goal would enhance the many benefits of our attractive city and surrounding region.

The Committee – Motorcycle Riders Association ACT

(MRA ACT is an independent volunteer association that supports the Australian Motorcycle Council.

It is not affiliated with any other MRA or similar motorcycle organisation in Australia)

 






ACT ROADS

Our roads have been subject to lots of rain and repair in this last year. As well as larger projects such as the Light Rail works on the North side of Commonwealth Avenue it is worth keeping an eye out on works and changes. ACT Government is good on information. Try starting here.https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/roads-and-paths/road-infrastructure-and-maintenance

 

TOY RUN 2024

Early planning is underway for this year’s Toy Run. Pencil in Saturday 7 December (apologies for originally stating 8 December). Usual location and routine at the Old Parliament House car park 8am-12pm. Please let us know if your group would like a stand. More the merrier and a good opportunity to spruik your contribution to riding in the ACT and region. 

This year we’d like to see what you can think up for a Toy Run pin design. Keep an eye on our Facebook site for more details but we will need your ideas by end of August so there is time for production.

ST JOHN’S CARE

It’s going to be a tough one for many this winter and St Johns Care are looking for financial donations to assist those in need. Please give St Johns Care a look and don’t forget the good folk at Salvos too. Links below.


Many hands make light work!

Many hands make lighter work!

COMMITTEE MEETING 14 May

A busy schedule including Road Safety Grants, Constitution update, Goulburn GP Centenary, Rider training and Toy Run. Please consider lending a hand in these and other activities by contacting committee@mraact.org.au

The MRA ACT presence
 

https://www.stjohnscare.org.au

https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/donate/

The MRA ACT is committed to raising awareness of riders on our roads, but also reminds riders to take responsibility for their own safety on the roads – stay visible, be predictable, ride to the conditions.