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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 !!