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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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From the AMC: Launch of MotoCap

This is an outstanding achievement.
A world first.
All Australian States are signed on.

Message for Riders – New Law in New South Wales

This is a new road rule that commences from the 1st September, 2018 which relates to passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying their strobe lights. All motorists must slow to 40km/h to pass and carries a hefty penalty for failing to do so.

The new rule requires motorists to slow down to 40km/h when passing a stationary emergency vehicle displaying blue or red flashing lights.

The new rule also requires motorists to give way to any person on foot in the immediate area of the emergency vehicle. Motorists should not increase their speed until they are a safe distance past the vehicle, so as not to cause a danger to anyone in the vicinity.

The NSW Government will monitor the safety and traffic impacts of the rule over a 12-month trial period in consultation with NSW Police, emergency service organisations and other stakeholders.

You can find more information in our FAQs.

Key messages of the campaign

  • For everyone’s safety, motorists must slow down to 40km/h when passing stationary emergency vehicles displaying blue or red flashing lights
  • The rule applies to vehicles travelling in both directions, unless the road is divided by a median strip
  • Motorists who do not comply with the rule will face a $448 fine and three demerit points

Police, firefighters, ambulance officers, State Emergency Service and rescue volunteers perform difficult and dangerous work for the community. But just like everyone doing their job, they should feel safe and know that they are protected at work.

From the AMC: BITRE Road Deaths Summary – June 2018

This is a guest posting from Shaun Lennard, chairman of the Australian Motorcycle Council

Six months in to this year, and it’s looking like “good” news based on the monthly national summary of road deaths. The report for June 2018 was published yesterday. The total motorcycle fatalities year-to-date has returned to where it was a couple of years ago – below 200 – after what might now be considered a spike the previous year or two. It’s no reason for celebrating or complacency – 200 is still way too high in my opinion – but at least things are tracking in the right direction again.

Meanwhile, pedestrian and cycling deaths continue to increase, so you know where the money will be spent.

The June report is available here for your perusal.

From the AMC: ARRB

This is a guest posting from Guy Stanford from the Australian Motorcycle Council

David Milling, from the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), was the rider of the hi-tech FJR1300 used by ARRB to collect data as part of studies in recent years conducted in Queensland and South Australia into motorcycles and road infrastructure.

Last month, Dave made a presentation at the annual International Transport Forum in Germany about motorcycles and infrastructure. This focussed on what can be done to improve motorcycle safety across the network and emphasising the need for greater consideration of motorcycles in transport planning. His presentation drew significantly on the 2016 Austroads report Infrastructure improvements to reduce motorcycle casualties, and of note he made a point of mentioning that the Australian Motorcycle Council and our member organisations had been directly consulted in the preparation of that report.

There are many facts, figures and references in this report that will be of great use going forward, and we’ll certainly be bringing this report to the attention of Infrastructure Minister Michael McCormack.

The full report can be downloaded here, and it is highly recommended to take the time to read through.

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