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Monday, 20 November 2017

AN OLD STORY - NOTHING'S CHANGED

It took over 3 months for the road authority to repair this wire rope barrier crash site. It was on a 110 kph stretch of the Hume Highway near Holbrook in southern NSW. Obviously road user safety was not a priority.

http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/2748721/wire-barriers-can-be-killers/?cs=11

Damien
IRG

Thursday, 16 November 2017

TAC TAX SURVEY - VIC 2017

The Melbourne HERALD SUN.  November 17, 2017.


https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3345137/Motorcycle-Safety-Levy-Survey

The 2012 Parliamentary Inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety recommended the Transport Accident Commission's (TASC) Motorcycle Safety Levy (MSL), better known to riders as the TAC antibike tax, should be abolished. The TAC tax is discourages low-income riders from buying safety gear and is unfair and discriminatory.

Friday, 3 November 2017

BUS LANES IN VICTORIA


UNBELIEVABLE!!!

The Hoddle Street Bus Lane Trial in Melbourne will be allowed to continue “over the coming years”. 
This effectively puts off any decision permitting motorcycle & scooter riders to use bus lanes in Victoria for literally years. 
The trial which should have concluded in under a year has now been running more than five years. 
Bicycles were permitted to use various bus lanes without a trial of any sort.
I understand that bike crashes in or near the Hoddle Street bus lane are mostly the fault of car/truck/van drivers turning left off Hoddle Street and failing to give way. 
No blitz on drivers who fail to give way hurting riders on their way to work. No education campaign. Just bung up signs in a street so infested with signs that hardly anyone reads any of them. 
Whether or not bicycle riders were also being hit by cars/trucks/vans is not made clear in the letter. Nor was the number of serious injury crashes or fatals involving two-wheelers was not included.
Some of these crashes were when the bus lane was not operating. 

Damien
IRG

TOY RUN FOR FATHER BOB 2017


DO NOT DRINK THEN RIDE/DRIVE

BEFORE ANYONE ARCS UP, I and the IRG know drink driving/riding is wrong and dangerous. This is a question. Has Victoria gone too far with this proposed drink driving/riding law?

Will it cause more Victorians to behave illegally?

Consider this. You rely on your car/bike for work. You hold a clean licence. You have a mortgage and kids at school. Your boss offers you a beer or wine for Christmas. Just one.

On the way home you are pulled up and blow .06. That's three months without a car/bike and a heavy fine. Plus the cost of the alcohol interlock for six months, a minimum $880.

If you are going to comment please don't come up with the "if it saves one life" argument. What if one of the kids, suddenly living in poverty, gets into drugs and overdoses?

I think this law has the potential to do a lot of social damage.

Regardless, do not drink and drive/ride. If you have a drink, even if it is just one, take public transport home.

Damien
IRG


Monday, 16 October 2017

HOW CAN YOU BE APATHETIC ABOUT STOPPING CHILD ABUSE???

Bikers Against Child Abuse did have an official Chapter in Victoria but it was shut down in 2016. (Primarily due to member/supporter attrition).
There a few of the group remaining but the numbers currently do not make up the minimum required to form a temporary Chapter.

We would like to extend in invitation to any interested persons male & female who want to become part of B.A.C.A. This may be in the form of a Full Member, Supporter or Long Term Supporter. Full Membership in B.A.C.A may not be for everyone but supporters are just as much a part of the organisation and make very valued contribution. Any bike type welcome. (minimum of 650cc). 

Interested persons are invited to join us for an informal gathering to find out more about B.A.C.A, the Mission and the organisation itself.