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Motorcycle Awareness Week 2023
The Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT (MRA ACT) some years ago decided to address Motorcyle Awareness and Road Safety by having one week every year to raise awareness of riders on Canberra roads – expecting it then flows to the whole 12 months.
We’ve been stymied in recent years! First with the pandemic and last year by the unavailability for our AFP support due to high operational workload. But this year we’re already planning and forwarded a funding support submission to ACT Government.
Motorcycle Awareness Week in the ACT is held early October with specific dates identified each year. 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. We ask all road users in our community to look out for JOE and log their sightings for a chance to win a 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. Email your sightings – the when and where to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ACT initiated the JOE Rider campaign that is now conducted in many other Australian locations.
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, ride defensively and to the conditions.
VICTORIAN MOTORCYCLE COUNCIL SUBMISSION
A very interesting read that should ring many bells with ACT and region riders.