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Saturday, 28 February 2015

RECYCLED PLASTIC POSTS


























The photo shows Bernie Bickerton on the left with Michael Czajka and Peter Patterson from REPLAS filming an IRG video newsletter at the Albert Park GP track in Melbourne.
This is not a paid ad.

REPLAS makes recycled plastic products here in Victoria. This could mean road furniture that is safer for motorcycle & scooter riders in a crash because the posts can be made to break more reliably and at lower impact speed than the wooden posts. It would also mean more money for road maintenance because the plastic products cost less and last longer. And, it means a lot less used plastic will go into land fill.
REPLAS should interest local government and property developers, not just road authorities.
You can ask Peter about REPLAS at the RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST on March 16, 2015.




















I'm told that every year Parks Victoria and the GP Corporation spend $40,000 just pulling up and putting back the wooden posts and chains around the GP track. Some 10% of the posts have to be replaced and others have to be painted and have new reflectors fitted at extra cost.
The Albert Park GP track is public road for most of the year. Two motorcyclists have died in crashes involving the wooden posts. VicRoads spent $240,000 of your bike tax on a project to replace the wooden posts but nothing happened. 
Damien
IRG


Friday, 13 February 2015

MORE BIKE THEFTS IN MELBOURNE

BEWARE!
http://www.abc.net.au/…/brazen-thieves-caught-on-ca…/6090930

Heather Ellis sent this link to an ABC News item on motorcycle & scooter thefts in Melbourne.

The Independent Riders Group wants secure motorcycle & scooter parking with lockers, cheap or free in all commercial car parks.

They do it for bicycle riders.





























The City of Melbourne has a secure off-street motorcycle & scooter parking area under the City Square. It costs just a dollar a time. No lockers yet but we keep pushing for that. The entrance is on your right in Flinders Lane just up from Swanston Street. Have a look. Good job CoM.

Now we need commercial parking operators and councils to be compelled by building regulations to provide secure parking and lockers for commuters & visitors, in all off-street parking and "park & ride" facilities.

Damien
IRG

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

NEW - OLD REPORT

This report is dated 2010. 
I don't remember it being discussed or presented at the 2012 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety.

https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/~/media/files/documents/safety-and-road-rules/motorcyclelevyroadspaceinitiativesformotorcyclesfinalreport2010.ashx

https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/~/media/files/documents/safety-and-road-rules/motorcyclelevyroadspaceinitiativesformotorcyclesfinalreport2010.ashx

For some reason the link went to a blank email and I had to click on the attachment to bring up the report.

Damien
IRG 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST - MARCH 16

Promo shot for the  RIDE TO WORK BREAKFAST   7 to 9 am, Monday March 16, 2015 at the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. A show of strength and a lot of fun.
Left to right: Mick, Julie, Greg and Jon.

























Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Roads Minister Luke Donnellan MP and Father Bob Maguire AM will be there. So will TAC and VicRoads. Will you?

Damien
IRG

Monday, 9 February 2015

TV SHOW PAST EPISODES

Have you missed an episode of Series 3 of Temporary Australians?

If you have then you can rent or buy an episode or the whole series: