Wednesday, 8 February 2017
MUARC BIKE STUDY RESPONSE
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE HERALD SUN
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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.
Independent Riders' Group