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Monday, 26 June 2017

CONTACTS

you may also wish to contact your local State Member of Parliament.  You can find their contact details at https://electoratelookup.vec.vic.gov.au/

If your matter is a federal government responsibility, you may also wish to contact your local Federal Member of Parliament.  You can find their contact details at http://apps.aec.gov.au/esearch/

Sunday, 25 June 2017

REVENUERS

WHILE SPEED & RED LIGHT CAMERAS HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN ROAD SAFETY, there is no doubt that they are over used and that they have a significant role to play in the Victorian budget. Over $1 million a day is serious money to a state treasurer.


Thursday, 22 June 2017

BAD ROADS COST PEOPLE AND DOLLARS


TO ALL VICTORIAN MPs

It seems to us that VicRoads has made a mess of road maintenance across the State and has its’ priorities seriously wrong.
This makes the roads more dangerous than they need to be and costs the tax payer a fortune in funding VicRoads. And, it increases prices because it costs business operators, from tourism through services to commodities, more to supply the public. 


Can/will VicRoads repair the damage without independent supervision?

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent riders Group
Melbourne

This article is two years old but it says everything about what's wrong with our roads and with VicRoads.

Monday, 19 June 2017

ANGIE'S FAREWELL



A celebration of life for Angela Frances Killeen will be held at Rotary Park Merimbula, 11am, Saturday July 1st followed by a wake at Wolumla Hotel.

All welcome to celebrate.

As purple was mums favourite colour we invite you to wear something purple.


Kellie

Angie Killen was the first Secretary of the original MRA. She is pictured here with Vice President Chris Swallwell preparing the MRA's first mailing in 1978. Angie contributed in a big way. She is not forgotten. She is missed.

HIRSTY'S FAREWELL

THE TRIBES GATHERED TO FAREWELL AN ELDER.

The Elder was Greg Hirst. The service was big. It was very moving. Greg was a husband and father, a motorcyclist and a man of God. He is missed. He won't be forgotten.

Sincere sympathy to Colleen and the family and all who loved him.

Damien
IRG
































































Friday, 16 June 2017

HIRSTY'S FAREWELL

Hi all!

Please share Hirsty's Farewell event page on all your social media.


It's this Monday 19th of June, and Brotherhood CMC invite riders to join them in the Funeral Processional Ride, to escort the hearse and family to Penrith Panthers Marquee (not the main building), for the Funeral Service.
Refreshments will be served after the service.


Hirstys wife Colleen would ask that you please consider donating through the Street Level Supporters link here:http://streetlevelchristiancommunity.org.au/supporters/ and until the end of July we will direct those donations to causes and charities close to Greg's heart.


Hirsty’s books will also be available at the wake for a suggested donation of $20 each.

https://www.facebook.com/events/109716116299117/?active_tab=about
Much appreciated,
Cate 



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

RIDER DIES

CONDOLENCES to family and friends.


Monday, 12 June 2017

VALE GREG HIRST

https://motorbikewriter.com/vale-greg-hirst-official-ecology/

RIDERS DIE - RIP

CONDOLENCES TO LOVED ONES.
















































































60% of Tasmanian motorcycle casualties are mainlanders.

PLEASE be careful out there.

Damien
IRG

HIRSTY'S LAST RIDE

Hi Damien 
Good to talk... as discussed...
Grunt

Please join Colleen, her family, Brotherhood CMC & Street Level Community - as we mourn the loss of a great man, Gregory John Hirst. It’s also a celebration of a wonderful life, achievements and legacy that Greg has left behind. A mass ride will be followed by a service and wake. Refreshments will be served after the service. I hope you can join us.

Funeral Service
Arrive at 11am for a 11:30 start (We are expecting a big turnout so factor this in)
Penrith Panthers Marquee (not the main building)
Access via Retreat Drive, Penrith

Funeral Processional Ride
Arrive at 9:30am for a 10am ride
Andrew Campbell Reserve
William Lawson Dr, Eastern Creek
Brotherhood CMC are hosting a ride to escort the hearse and family to the venue. All riders welcome. Please note we will be travelling along the centre lane of the M4 at 80KM/H in a staggered formation. Respect all other traffic and allow vehicles to merge across the centre lane when necessary. Take the Mulgoa Road exit and turn left into retreat Drive. Please obey all road rules. 

Colleen’s home is now filled with flowers and chocolates, which she has received with much gratitude. So, rather than bringing her a gift please consider donating through the Street Level Supporters link here: http://streetlevelchristiancommunity.org.au/supporters/
and until the end of July we will direct those donations to causes and charities close to Greg's heart. 

Hirsty’s books will also be available at the wake for a suggested donation of $20 each.



Sunday, 11 June 2017

ST KILDA MOTORCYCLE PARKING

FYI
And still waiting to confirm other info.

"I have considered all comments (internal and external) in line with the Council resolution. I have approved the three sites as a 6 – 12 month trial of the dedicated motorcycle parking. We are expecting to have signs installed by 1 August 2017. If during the trial it is found that the locations are not used, we will reconsider the trial. I will also arrange for an update on the CoPP website as soon as possible (no more than a month).

As per my previous e-mail the three sites are:
Site 1, Shakespeare Grove car park – the first two spaces in the all-day section on the side of O’Donnell Gardens
Site 2, Irwell Street car park – the first space behind shops close to the street
Site 3, Cavell Street – the first parallel parking space behind a disabled parking space on the theatre’s side

Once again, thank you for your assistance.

Regards
Stefan Mitrik
Coordinator Transport Safety Engineering | Sustainability and Transport
T: 9209 6445 | M: 0419 766 991 | W: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au
Private Bag 3, St Kilda, VIC.  3182"


DAMIEN
IRG

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

VIC PHONES FINES

USING A PHONE WHILE DRIVING IS DANGEROUS. The VicPol blitz on phoning drivers is welcome. I wish it had been a bigger story with a picture but there you go. Of course no negative story on car drivers can be run without a balancing negative back story about motorcycle & scooter riders. In this case just one rider was doing a hideously dangerous thing.

Damien


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

VALE GREG HIRST

Greg Hirst died. 

He was one of the greats of Australian Motorcycling. 

Condolences to Greg’s loved ones and many mates.

Please take a few minutes to watch the youtube clip, link below.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders Group
Melbourne 

That is very sad, I did not even realise Greg was unwell, one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and who did so much for motorcycling for so many many years.

I remember when we were all campaigning to introduce Filtering and Greg was right there for us:
Steve 

Saturday, 3 June 2017

ITALIAN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

THE ITALIAN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL IS HELD IN MELBOURNE & SYDNEY.

http://www.italianwinefoodfestival.com.au/

Thursday, 1 June 2017

POLLUTING V8s & SUVs






















I like V8s. Growing up in Melbourne it was all GT Falcons and Monaros. But that's long ago. In 2017 there are over 4 million people in the greater Melbourne area and most of them drive cars. The problem is that most of the drivers have an oversized 4WD to take kids to school, go shopping or leave parked for most of the day while they're at work.

Then they complain about traffic and parking and so on.

In a decade there will be around 7 million people in this town. We are running out of room and fresh air.

What we need to do is change the road costs to reflect the space a vehicle takes up, to reflect the damage it does to our environment in cities and to reflect the damage it does in a crash. To that end the Independent Riders Group (IRG) is pushing hard for a review of compulsory third party (CTP) premiums at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC). We also want the discriminatory TAC antibike tax or"safety Levy to be abolished. The TAC tax is currently around $70 a year.

Damien
IRG

Monday, 29 May 2017

SCAMWATCH

SCAMMERS have been a hazard since man put a value on anything. They lurk on the internet as well as in real life. If you want to do something to reduce the number of scams online, report them to Scamwatch.

www.scamwatch.gov.au

Damien
IRG

Sunday, 28 May 2017

RIPPON LEA BIKE SHOW






































https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/rippon-lea-house-and-gardens/

COMPULSORY THIRD PART INSURANCE

https://motorbikewriter.com/rider-ctp-premiums-may-drop/


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

THE RACV & BICYCLES


ST KILDA MOTORBIKE BAN

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/inner-south/st-kilda-motorcycle-footpath-parking-ban-put-in-place-by-port-phillip-council/news-story/ed39ec4e47731946896cc70810045b15

“This is the thin edge of the wedge. Since the state government quietly changed the motorcycle footpath parking law some time ago bans have been showing up here and there. St Kilda is a high profile suburb so other municipalities will take note. It says to me, when there is an anti motorbike culture in a government department riders have to strongly oppose it or they will be discriminated against. Softly, softly only works with your friends.”

Damien
IRG
Melbourne

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

ST KILDA MC FOOTPATH PARKING

http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Forms/Question_to_council.asp


Item 8.3 Motorcycle Parking Trial in St Kilda

URGENT MESSAGE. Please pass this on, share it, twitter it whatever. Sorry about the short notice.
I just had word from John Eacott at the Victorian Motorcycle Council about the motorcycle & scooter footpath parking bans in St Kilda (Vic). There is an important meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 17.
I'm told a City of Port Phillip survey on footpath parking had 188 responses. 144 of them did not support the bans.
The CoPP engineer Stefan Mitrik will disregard the survey and speak to make the bike bans permanent.
The Independent Riders Group asks any rider who can make it, to go and sit in the public gallery. John Eacott VMC will speak against the bans.
If this move succeeds not only will more CoPP bike bans come in, it will encourage other city councils to introduce bans.
If you don't want unnecessary footpath parking bans in St Kilda and elsewhere, do something about it. Don't get angry after it's all over. Get there tonight and support John Eacott TONIGHT from 6.30 pm at the St Kilda Town Hall.

https://motorbikewriter.com/call-footpath-parking-support/

DAMIEN
IRG

TAC FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

Yesterday afternoon, May 16, I had a call from at Transport Accident Commission rep to let me know they had the FoI request for information on the TAC antibike tax they call a safety levy. This FoI request is limited to the 2014/15 financial year.
The call was unnecessary. We knew the FoI request was made. The information requested is readily available, or should be. It should be a simple accounting task to find and print the figures. These are public figures or should be. There are no privacy or commercial in confidence concerns.
The TAC is a Victorian Government owned, taxpayer funded organisation with a monopoly on a compulsory product - compulsory third party insurance.
The rep was very nice about it. She tried to tell me That the numbers were on the TAC & VicRoads websites. I said we wanted the FoI request data on paper.
I pointed out that we had been asking for information on the TAC tax for years. She said they would get onto it and deliver within 45 days. She said 45 days several times which I think may have been playing for time.
I said 2016 had been a horrible year for motorcycle & scooter riders with a terrible, abnormal spike in deaths and injuries. When the bike toll was lower in the first part of 2017 TAC told the media that the improvement was because its’ policies were working. An outrageous claim on a couple of months data.
If TAC/VicRoads/VicPol policies were working the 2016 spike would not have happened.
I said that the claim of policy success was the last straw and there were formal complaints to the ACCC and the Financial Services Ombudsman, about the way TAC/VicRoads bills riders for the tax, the lack of information/education about the tax and the difficulty riders had getting refunds for overpayments.
The 2012 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into motorcycle & scooter safety recommended the TAC anti bike tax be abolished. The TAC tax is a disincentive for riders on low incomes to buy quality safety gear.

Damien
IRG
Melbourne

Monday, 15 May 2017

COPS ON DIRT BIKES IN VIC


DRIVERS' ATTITUDE TO BICYCLES IN MELBOURNE

THE MELBOURNE HERALD SUN has surveyed car drivers on their attitudes to bicycle riders on our roads. As usual, motorcycle & scooter riders were not considered.



































Saturday, 13 May 2017

QUESTIONS ON THE ANTI BIKE TAX IN VICTORIA



FOR  MONTHS the Independent Riders Group (IRG) has been trying to get some answers to questions about the Transport Accident Commission's (TAC) anti bike tax or "safety levy". Last week we lodged a Freedom of Information request on the information we seek.











































































It turned out Minister Donnellan's office was wrong to send us to the Finance Minister Robin Scott so this letter went back to Mr Donnellan who is the Minister responsible for TAC. The Chairman of the TAC Board then hand balled the questions to the TAC CEO in March. Six to eight weeks later (May 14) still no answers to our legitimate questions.

This is public information and it should be a simple accounting matter. The information is there and it's not secret so why the delaying tactics?

Damien
IRG

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

BICYCLE RULES?

AN OVERTAKING RULE FOR MOTORCYCLES, SCOOTERS AND CARS when passing pushbikes is being considered by the parliament in Victoria. Leave a metre gap.

In Tasmania they make powered road users to leave a metre and a half gap.

On some country roads this obliges drivers to slow to bicycle speeds and wait or cross double lines onto the wrong side of the road setting up head-on crash situations.

If you have an opinion on this, text it to the Herald Sun.

Damien
IRG

Saturday, 6 May 2017

ANOTHER RIDER HIT BY A CAR

Hi Damien.

This was a Freedom Rider.

 
Rick Dale tragically taken before his time. A top rider & great human. We rode around Tassie last month. 


https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/motorbike-rider-dies-after-lilydale-crash/news-story/f93595f5816e830c26d1c8a2f93c3ba3

Dale Maggs
Freedom Riders

Thursday, 4 May 2017

OUT OF CONTACT EXPLANATION

I CHANGED COMPUTERS and the blog locked me out for some reason. But it's sorted now so I will be writing the blog three or four times a week from now on. That's the plan anyway.

Here's something from 1976.






































http://www.mcnews.com.au/1976-australian-tt-laverton/

Monday, 27 March 2017

HEATHER ELLIS


http://www.heather-ellis.com/righttoride.html

FOOTPATH PARKING IN VICTORIA

An Independent Riders Group (IRG) member has made our group aware of a motorcycle & scooter parking ban at the MCG. Bicycles are allowed.

Bicycles are encouraged, presumably because they reduce congestion and car parking shortages during major events at the ground. The same is true for motorcycles & scooters so how does the City justify these bans?

And, why were these MCG bans not raised at the City's Motorcycles In Melbourne Committe?

The Daniel Bowen Dot Com article did nothing to make riders less concerned about being discriminated against in terms of bike parking.
https://www.danielbowen.com/2013/10/15/motorcycle-scooter-parking/

The article does however make the valid point that riders have not been adequately educated as to the rules/guidelines related to parking motorcycles & scooters on footpaths. Footpath parking was introduced as state law in the 1980s and has served the community very well for decades.

Awareness of motorcycle & scooter parking rules is a statewide issue. Authorities have a responsibility to make citizens aware of the rules that make our cities and towns work. The IRG calls on local and state governments in Victoria to fund and develop a footpath parking education campaign in consultation with the Motorcycle Expert Advisory Panel (MEAP) amd the Motorcycles In Melbourne Committee. This campaign should include newspaper/website articles, radio and TV ads as well as an updated leaflet mailed with registration renewals.

This campaign would have significant road safety effects by showing proper rider behaviour, best safety clothing and by reducing road rage as car drivers learn how congestion car parking shortages are reduced by people on two wheels.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesman
Independent Riders Group
Melbourne

Monday, 13 March 2017

RING ANY BELLS?

184 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Vic. This picture was taken in March 2017. Ring any bells?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

RIDE4LIFE

THE SUICIDE AWARENESS WALK  includes the Ride4Life. This is a real community event to raise money for and awareness  of mental health issues.

All riders of motorcycles, scooters and three wheelers are invited to join the ride. If you are not a rider go on  the walk or bring the kids to see the bikes.

Cooked breakfast from 8.30 am. Ride departs 11 am.

https://www.ride4life.org.au/rides/bendigo-ride
This link shows the route, the details and a link to the registration page as well.
Anything else you need or any queries you may have, just let me know.
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Cheers,
Ric Raftis
Ride4Life Inc
0407 412100


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

BETTER ANSWER





Heather Ellis (left) with her Upper House MP Wendy Lovell MLC in the Parliamentary Library in March 2017. They discussed road safety funding, zoning, crash data collection and more. Go see your local MP. Every visit to an MP by a motorcycle and/or scooter riders helps.

































Friday, 17 February 2017

NEW DRIVING SCHOOL?

THE HON LUKE DONNELLAN MP
MINISTER FOR ROAD SAFETY

Dear Luke.

A small item in the Melbourne Herald Sun on February 16 was headed DRIVING A SAFE FUTURE.

It tells us that "the world's first dedicated road safety education complex will be built at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton".

It says that "20,000 high school students are expected to visit in  the first year".

1. What organisations and or departments developed the plans for this new road safety complex?

2. Were motorcycle & scooter riders representatives (The Motorcycle Advisory Group or later the Motorcycle Expert Advisory Panel) invited to have input when planning this road safety complex?

3. Will the 20,000 high school students be told anything about motorcycles & scooters on our roads when they visit this road safety complex?

Sincerely,

Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesperson
Independent Riders' Group (IRG)

PO Box 4330
Doncaster Heights  Vic  3109

Cc The Shadow Minister for Community Safety, Edward O'Donohugh MP.

UNRIDERS GENERATE CROOK STATS


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

NON ANSWER

THE VICTORIAN MINISTER FOR ROAD SAFETY, Luke Donnellan MP, was asked a specific question in State Parliament by The Greens' Transport Spokesperson, Samantha Dunn MP.

MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN WANTIRNA CRASH

Thursday, 12 January 2017 10:05

Police are currently at the scene of a fatal crash that has claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Wantirna.

Members believe the female motorcyclist was travelling west on Boronia Road when she stopped at red traffic lights just before 9am.

It’s believed a truck, also travelling west, failed to stop and collided into the rear of the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist became trapped under the truck until she was freed by emergency services, however she died at the scene.

The driver of the truck, a man believed to be in his 30s, is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Westbound traffic on Boronia Road is being diverted from Wantirna Road and Mountain Highway.

Police will investigate the cause of the crash and anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

To all VICTORIAN MPs.
THE GREENS

Another rider has been killed while obeying the law, waiting for the lights to change. She was hit from behind. Our sincere sympathy to her loved ones.

When are our elected representatives in Cabinet going to have the courage to implement the recommendations of our all-party Parliamentary Road Safety Committees?

The 2012 Parliamentary Inquiry report recommended an independent road crash data authority. There won't be a significant reduction in road trauma until the independent authority is established. As our population grows road trauma will increase unless we update our road safety systems as recommended.

You can't effectively plan road safety initiatives and safe infrastructure without reliable, scientific data.

An independent road crash data authority will save money in the medium to long term. It will offer better career paths for those already working in the area. Our crash data collection systems are decades out of date.

An independent crash data authority will benefit ALL road users.

It is a terrible thing that we lose another rider so early in 2017.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesperson
Independent Riders' Group (IRG)

Dear Damien

We finally received an answer from the Minister for Roads around fatalities, but it was pretty much a non answer (see attached). I'll be asking for the question to be reinstated as it hasn't been properly answered.

Cheers
Samantha

Samantha Dunn MP
Member of the Legislative Council for the Eastern Metropolitan Region


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

MUARC BIKE STUDY RESPONSE











































LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE HERALD SUN
(Send one yourself dear reader.  hsletters@heraldsun.com.au )

Shirley and Newton (Herald Sun letters Feb. 9) make our point on driver excuses.

Most motorcycle & scooter riders own and drive cars so we pay twice to be on the road. Most car drivers have not used a bike in traffic so there's a lot they don't know about two-wheelers. Responsible riders do not ride their bikes as if they are in cars because it's very dangerous to do that. Riding and driving are two different skills. Bike riders generally are safer car drivers because they have both skills.

There IS a law requiring  Victorian novice riders to wear hi viz vests, and they do. And, virtually all motorcycles & scooters sold in Australia for nearly 25 years have no light switch so the headlight is on all the time.

But you won't see that unless you look.

Monash University Accident Research centre used science to find that most car/bike collisions are due to driver error. Drivers fail to give way and riders go to hospital.  Please listen to the road safety experts and LOOK BIKE when you are in your car.

Damien Codognotto
Independent Riders' Group
Melbourne

Sunday, 5 February 2017

TEMPORARY AUSTRALIANS - NEW SERIES

Series 5 coming on 7 Mate.

The new series of Temporary Australians will appear on the Seven Network's 7 Mate Channel from Saturday April 1 at 10 am over the following few months with mid week episode repeats. 

The 12 episodes will cover a filmed road trip from Los Angeles to Sturgis highlighting Aussies we found on this journey plus plenty of great Australian stories including the Bindoon Drag races in WA, a story on the major Melbourne Toy Runs, more on an anti-association law protest in Sydney, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers fill us in on issues concerning helmet cameras, lane filtering, wire ropes, bad road surfacing and more. Jonesy checks out Harley Days in Wollongong and we take a trike ride across Sydney's Harbour Bridge, check out the huge Sydney Motorcycle Expo, go an a Temporary Australians Ride and Bike Show in Perth, plus heaps more. 

Check out, www.temporaryaustralians.com.au over the next few weeks for episode details.

MONASH UNI RESEARCH































THIS BLOKE SHOULD NOT HAVE A LICENCE EITHER

https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/eastern-freeway-flyer-impounded

DID THIS BLOKE HAVE A BIKE LICENCE?

If he had a bike licence, he should lose it for ten years then start from scratch.

https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/114kmh-over-the-speed-limit

Thursday, 2 February 2017

LAMS GYMKHANA

Ride-tek are having an event for Learner riders, the "LAMS MOTO GYMKHANA CLUB" at Sandown Raceway east of Melbourne, Victoria.

MEMBERSHIP IS FREE to Ride-Tek customers and will entitle you to participate in our upcoming Moto Gymkhanas (starting soon) at Sandown.
These events are a blast and will also help you to improve and develop your bike-handling skills while having fun in a safe environment. You will make new riding friends and could even take home a trophy or two. 

You must be a club member to participate so call Mel now on 0431 980 506. 

REMEMBER YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS FREE !!
These events are open to ALL LAMS SKILL LEVELS !! - No matter where you're at with your riding you can come along and have fun !!

Friday, 27 January 2017

WIRE ROPE BARRIER VIDEOS


REQUEST FOR HELP. I'm involved in a Coroner's inquest in Melbourne. The hearings are done but our final submission is being prepared so I can't say more. I can however, ask for information. I would very much appreciate any links to video of car crashes involving wire rope barriers in Australia. The links can be sent to d.codognotto.oam@bigpond.com

Damien Codognotto OAM


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

BOURKE STREET MURDERS

The driver of the Commodore who killed all those people in Bourke Street, Melbourne last Friday was on bail when he breached a previous bail according to the Herald Sun. And, He had 20 plus warrants outstanding.
The paper says there had been opportunities to stop him in the suburbs but police command decided to let him carry on.
This is no criticism of the emergency workers at the sharp end. They were superb. It seems obvious to me that bail rules need to be much, much tougher and that VicPol command needs to take a good hard look at its' priorities.
Maybe five people would not have died if this mad man had been on remand. Failing that, if street cops had been allowed to do their jobs, he would have been in a lock up before he got near the CBD.
Damien
IRG






















BRAKE FAILURE FATAL?????

VICTORIA'S BAIL LAWS need to be much tougher.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

REPLIES TO WRB LOVERS


TWO WRB LOVERS

The problem for us with car drivers like anna Lees and Randal Corney is that they are on our roads as a direct threat and in our public service as an indirect threat. If you would comment, also send a copy to the Mercury at:

mercuryedletter@themercury.com.au