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Sunday, 23 July 2017

HIRSTY'S LAST PROJECT

Hi Damien
This is Colleen - Hirsty's wife
I am writing to you because I know that you had special connection with my husband Greg.  
I apologise if this feels intrusive - but I am hoping you might be able to support Greg's last project.... (so it will be the very last time Greg ever asks you for a favour 😊). 

Greg had just started filming series 6 of Temporary Australians. And I am really determined to get this to air. I want to honour my husband and finish the show well. The final episode will be his farewell service/tribute.

But - as you are probably aware - Greg made no money from this show. It was all funded through sponsors. I don't know anything about organising sponsors - but one of our daughters has set up a GOFUNDME page so we can try and raise the money to put the last series together. It will only be 4 episodes - but there's still a lot of work to be done.

I would be very grateful if you could consider even a small contribution, even just a few dollars would be great! Or, if you were able to pass on the info about the GOFUNDME page that would be wonderfully appreciated


Or just go to the Temporary Australians Facebook page
                      Colleen Hirst 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

PHONES NOT INCLUDED??!?

TASSIE PROPOSES TOUGH NEW LAWS making some driver/rider behaviour criminal offences with tough penalties. OK. But did they include using a hand-held mobile phone while driving?

The Hobart Mercury.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

If you are travelling and you want to ride a motorcycle or scooter, make sure you travel/medical insurance covers motorbikes and makes sure you wear the proper gear. Shorts and thongs while riding do nothing for you at the equator or the poles.


THE LAST TIM TAM

http://events.unimelb.edu.au/allsearch=ROD+QUANTOCK&event_type=%2Fall%2F%3Fsearch%3DLAST%2BTIM%2BMONDAY 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Dr BOBBINS

1976. GEOFF "THE DOCTOR" BOBBINS. Elizabeth Street, Melbourne.

Not the Federation of Australian Motorcyclists (FAM) protest rally promoted on the bike shop window. I those days there were lots of smaller bike businesses who supported the riders who were the reason the businesses existed.

The shops behind Geoff are gone. Now it's Melbourne Central. That's my Honda 4.

Geoff is no longer with us but he is well remembered. Vale Geoff.

These shots were taken when the Elizabeth Street  motorcycle strip was the heart and soul of Australian motorcycling. The gatherings of riders on Friday nights and Saturday mornings were world famous.

The first motorcycle shop was opened by the Milledge Brothers in 1903. In 2003 the Centenary Celebrations were held.

Damien
IRG







































Monday, 10 July 2017

FOOTPATH PARKING LAW CHANGE (Vic.)

The prototype signs presented to VicRoads in the late 1980s.


In 2009 I was carer for my parents and so somewhat out of touch with motorcycle & scooter politics. The government of the day quietly footpath parking laws for motorbikes in Victoria. Rider reps at that time did not do much. Perhaps they did not see the longer term effects of the parking law change. The change was subtle. The wording remained the same or similar but the game changed.

Put simply, in 1988 riders were allowed free footpath parking, with no time limit, as long as they did not block or hinder pedestrians. This was in after an 8000 bike MRA protest/park-in in 1986.

The system worked very well for around 20 years with few complaints. Few complaints about motorbikes on footpaths were in writing. Most were verbal from the big end of town. Every few years a corporate type or a developer would try to get motorcycles & scooters off Victorian footpaths. Each time rider reps successfully opposed these moves.

The 2009 law/policy change effectively took motorcycle & scooter footpath parking control away from state government and put it in the hands of local councils. This change did not happen overnight but I believe the change was calculated.

The signs, pictured above, were designed and made by the MRA in the 1980s. The artist Robin Redman. Lost track of her. 

Anyway, from memory, in those days VicRoads (or the nearest equivalent), jealously guarded its’ right to approve all road signage. BUT, there were few motorcycle specific signs. Road surfaces, paint, tram tracks and road grooving, among other things, were considered hazards by riders. The MRA designed and produced 4 prototype signs. Two were left with VicRoads, two hang in my garage.

VicRoads had a fit. No one was allowed to design their own road signs, especially not bikies! it could be seen as legitimising motorcycling.

VicRoads admitted its' anti-motorcycle policy at the 1992 Parliamentary Inquiry into motorcycle safety. It claims to have scrapped the policy but in 2017 there is little evidence of that.



The grooving sign went nowhere but VicRoads produced a slippery-for-riders sign similar to the Redman design some time later. They never acknowledged the origin of “their” design.

What I put up on Facebook about the change in parking laws was, in hindsight, inadequate and possibly misleading but the effect of the law policy change happened. If a person did not know the background from the days of the Motorcycle Safety Forum in Victoria in the 1980s they may have been confused by the change claim when the Ministers letter claims the footpath parking rule just moved from one raft of legislation to another. There was more to it than that.

When the motorcycle footpath parking law was changed (read moved) in 2009 the VicRoads policy to strictly control signage councils could use was further relaxed.

The St Kilda footpath parking bans are an example of that law/policy change. Unfortunately, it's an example other Victorian counciuls may follow. It's also an example of what happens when riders do not have strong rider reps, as bicyclists do. It's an example of things to come in the nanny state.

Riders can't complain about the anti-motorcycle lobby doing long term damage to motorcycling when rider apathy is rife and when our reps proclaim their non-confrontationist policies as if that's something to be proud of.

Damien
IRG


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

TASSIE VISIT

HEATHER ELLIS will be in Hobart from October 27 to October 29 to promote her motorcycle adventure book UBUNTU.