How often do we hear “Sorry Mate, I didn’t See You” from a motorist who has either hit a motorcycle rider or had a near miss? The Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT (MRA ACT) hears this a lot from riders who tell us about their near misses. Some years ago the MRA ACT decided to address that question and to raise awareness of riders on Canberra and environs roads.
Motorcycle Awareness Week in the ACT starts on Saturday 12th October. From that day to the end of the week, the Rider Awareness campaign, JOE Rider, starts with riders wearing vests with “JOE” written on the back while riding around Canberra streets, being visible and obvious. We ask all road users in our community to look for JOE and log their sighting for a chance to win a daily prize. You’ll see JOE Rider not just around Canberra, but maybe in Queanbeyan or the environs around the ACT. If you see JOE, you have seen a rider. Seen Joe? Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us where.
The MRA ACT is committed to raising awareness of riders on our roads, but also reminds riders to take responsibility for their safety on the roads – stay visible, be predictable, and ride to the conditions.
Lorne Thurgar, President
Mike Kelly, Snr Vice President