Motor Bikes and Motor Cycles

We all realise that motor bikes and bicycle riders share the road with cars.
We also all know that collisions b

We all realise that motor bikes and bicycle riders share the road with cars.

We also all know that collisions between heavier cars and trucks with motor bikes and bicycle riders can sometimes have devastating consequences with serious injuries and deaths.

Why do these accidents occur?

It is usually because people driving cars and trucks quite often have acclimatise their attention to the larger sized vehicles and fail to see the smaller bicycle and motor cycle riders.

What can be done to assure more attention is given to these road users?

Firstly we need to have better bike lanes that are designed to keep bicycle riders out of harm’s way.  Secondly we need to ensure that there is more tolerance by both motorists and bicycle riders. We all know there are people on both sides who need to check their attitudes!

Thirdly and most importantly for both bicycle riders and motor bike riders we advocate the following:

  • Through the day motor bike and bicycle riders wear full high visibility apparel (tops and bottoms) so that they are more easily seen.
  • At night time the high visibility apparel also must include high reflective plastic stripes.

 

Additionally, for bicycle riders:

  • Through day time riding have a large (at least 8 centimetre round) rear facing white flashing rear LED light
  • At night have a large (at least 8 centimetre round) rear facing red flashing LED light and a similar size reflector.

These issues are not meant as a penalty, just an attempt to ensure motor cyclists and bicycle riders are protected from the horrific injuries and death and disablement that often results from a collision with a motor vehicle.

 

Also where there are roads that are quite narrow and have double lines to prohibit overtaking (for example Belair Road proceeding to Windy Point) that either immediate remediation occurs to ensure bicycle rider’s safety or in the meantime bicycle riders for obvious safety reasons are prohibited from using this road.

 

There have been numerous times on this road when we have seen multiple cars cross way over the double lines to overtake a slow moving bike rider. Without doubt this grossly jeopardizes motorists driving down the road with a possible head on collision. On at least three occasions we have seen Police vehicles undertake this manoeuvre as well. At one stage this sort of action was greeted with “oh my god, shock horror and this is a terribly dangerous offence requiring the vast weight of the law to be applied”. Now that the law has changed it has been greeted with “Oh it’s all OK – no problems.”

Does anybody see a grossly hypocritical attitude here by Police and our esteemed politicians or is it just my over-busy mind?

etween heavier cars and trucks with motor bikes and bicycle riders can sometimes have devastating consequences with serious injuries and deaths.
Why do these accidents occur?
It is usually because people driving cars and trucks quite often have acclimatise their attention to the larger sized vehicles and fail to see the smaller bicycle and motor cycle riders.
What can be done to assure more attention is given to these road users?
Firstly we need to have better bike lanes that are designed to keep bicycle riders out of harm’s way. Secondly we need to ensure that there is more tolerance by both motorists and bicycle riders. We all know there are people on both sides who need to check their attitudes!
Thirdly and most importantly for both bicycle riders and motor bike riders we advocate the following:
• Through the day motor bike and bicycle riders wear full high visibility apparel (tops and bottoms) so that they are more easily seen.
• At night time the high visibility apparel also must include high reflective plastic stripes.

Additionally, for bicycle riders:
• Through day time riding have a large (at least 8 centimetre round) rear facing white flashing rear LED light
• At night have a large (at least 8 centimetre round) rear facing red flashing LED light and a similar size reflector.
These issues are not meant as a penalty, just an attempt to ensure motor cyclists and bicycle riders are protected from the horrific injuries and death and disablement that often results from a collision with a motor vehicle.

Also where there are roads that are quite narrow and have double lines to prohibit overtaking (for example Belair Road proceeding to Windy Point) that either immediate remediation occurs to ensure bicycle rider’s safety or in the meantime bicycle riders for obvious safety reasons are prohibited from using this road.

There have been numerous times on this road when we have seen multiple cars cross way over the double lines to overtake a slow moving bike rider. Without doubt this grossly jeopardizes motorists driving down the road with a possible head on collision. On at least three occasions we have seen Police vehicles undertake this manoeuvre as well. At one stage this sort of action was greeted with “oh my god, shock horror and this is a terribly dangerous offence requiring the vast weight of the law to be applied”. Now that the law has changed it has been greeted with “Oh it’s all OK – no problems.”
Does anybody see a grossly hypocritical attitude here by Police and our esteemed politicians or is it just my over-busy mind?