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[PRESS RELEASE] Motorcycle Awareness Week

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 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

From Motorbike Writer: Driver faces lane filtering charges

This is a link back to an article by Mark Hinchliffe which was posted on 14 May 2019 on his site

You may recall that in October 2018 there were a few incidents on the Majura Parkway where a 4 wheel road user thought it would be good sport to swerve at passing motorcyclists that were legally lane filtering; the matter was caught on video and shared on Facebook.

This delightful citizen will be attending the ACT Magistrates Court on 19 July, facing in excess of $3000 of fines, with a potential jail term.

The MRA ACT would like to acknowledge the outcry and support from the ACT Minister for Road Safety, Shane Rattenbury, who was immediate in his condemnation of the acts and support of justice in this matter.

MRA ACT President Puts Money Where Mouth Is

Lorne Thurgar, the MRA ACT President, recently took part in the M.A.S.T.E.R.S. course at the ACT’s Fairbairn Park Hillclimb Circuit, and wanted to let more people know how beneficial he found it (see the original post here, along with pictures and a video from the day)

I attended the Stay Upright (MRA ACT) MASTERs Course held at the ACTs Fairbairn Park Hillclimb Circuit today located off Sutton Rd.

What a lovely day, the facility/course layout is really quite impressive. Perfect for refreshing your riding skills after a very lengthy break from riding. There was an eclectic range of motorbikes being used on the course. We took time out for a chat about the course and the reasons why it is so important to not only the Govt[sic] but to the riders and their families.

I really enjoyed chatting to the various participants and the Instructors.

The Stay Upright Instructors are very knowledgable[sic] and very approachable.

Lorne Thurgar
MRA President

Passing of Greg Williams

It is with great sadness that I announce to all our supporters of the MRA ACT, that Mr Greg Williams has recently passed away.

Our condolences go to Greg’s family and friends. Greg was a valued friend and ardent supporter of the MRA’s Toy and Blanket Run’s. Greg supplied each event with all our sound requirements and has done so for more than a decade.

He will be sorely missed by many, we were all honoured to know him.

Lorne Thurgar
Grad Dip Learning Mgt(Exec Leadership), Grad Cert Mgt, AIMM, JP(Qual) Qld, JP NSW

For safety’s sake: grants to help protect Canberra’s vulnerable road users

The President and Committee of the Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT are pleased that Minister Rattenbury, through the ACT Road Safety Fund, has seen the value of funding the important Joe Rider motorcycle awareness campaign.

Joe Rider is part of Motorcycle Awareness Week which starts on 13th October, and the MRA ACT will ask other road users to look out for Joe Rider – a motorcyclist wearing a vest with JOE on the back. This simple campaign engages other road users to look for motorcycle and scooter riders as they travel on Canberra’s roads.

Released 27/09/2018

Better Hearing Australia has been announced as one of eight organisations to share in $277,000 from the ACT’s 2018 Road Safety Fund community grants program.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said the funding pool goes towards initiatives that support the advancement of road safety research, education and road trauma prevention.

This is the third round of annual grants for the ACT Road Safety Fund, and vulnerable road users are a focus this year.

“In all, more than $277,000 will be provided to help the ACT reach ‘Vision Zero’ – that is, no deaths or serious injury on ACT roads,” Minister Rattenbury said.

The ACT Government is again pleased to support the ‘Joe Rider motorcycle awareness campaign’, as well as subsidising a program to ensure migrants and refugees new to the ACT can learn to drive safely on our roads.

For cyclists, a defensive cycling program will help to educate riders on how to safely negotiate the road network. There will also be training developed for heavy vehicle drivers, and educational mats that demonstrate the correct passing distance for overtaking cyclists.

In addition, two universities have been provided with funding to conduct research into reducing speeding and pedestrian crashes in the ACT.

The ACT Government has implemented a number of safety and accessibility measures for vulnerable road users, such as the introduction of minimum passing distances when overtaking cyclists, allowing cyclists to cycle over crossings at low speeds, and a trial of motorcycle lane filtering (expected to conclude in coming weeks).

The ACT’s 2018 Road Safety Fund community grants winners are:




Better Hearing Australia

RecReady Vest – a hi-vis safety vest and acompanying education campaign for recreational walkers, runners and cyclists with a hearing disability.


Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT Inc

Learn to Drive Program – road safety education and driver training for migrant and refugee communities.


University of Queensland

An online training program to reduce speeding – trial and evaluation of an automated online driver training program developed to reduce speeding.


Pedal Power

Defensive cycling – development and pilot of a defensive cycling course to provide cyclists with techniques to improve their safety when riding on city streets.


Amy Gillett Foundation

Heavy Vehicle Awareness Online Education Program – development of an online safety program for heavy vehicle drivers in the ACT to reduce risk to cyclists.


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Evaluating the impact of age and gender on spatial and temporal distribution of pedestrian crashes – analysis of vehicle-pedestrian crashes for different pedestrian demographics.


Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT

Motorcycle Awareness Week and ‘Joe Rider’ – to run the 2018 ‘Joe Rider’ campaign and develop marketing material to sponsorship from industry to ensure ongoing sustainability.


Pedal Power

Minimum passing distance mats – purchase and display of four large printed mats that provide a life scale visual representation of the minimum passing distance.


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