Motorcycles Ride to Live

In October 2014, the Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay launched the NSW Government’s new motorcycle education campaign ‘Ride to Live’ to help motorcyclists and other motorists better identify and manage the issue, which put motorcyclists at risk. Read the Media Release about the Campaign in more detail.

When you're riding a motorcycle, you're 20 times more likely to be killed in a crash than vehicle occupants. You're more exposed and vulnerable in traffic and are at risk of more serious injury if involved in a crash.

Learning skills such as scanning, setting up and buffering in traffic as well as safe cornering can save your life (more than 50% of motorcycle rider deaths occur on bends). Our most recent statistics show:

In North Sydney in 2013:

  • Motorcyclists were involved in 12% of all crashes accounting for 17% of all casualties.
  • There was one motorcyclist fatality.
  • 2012 saw the most extreme change in casualties for motorcyclists with an increase to 26% from 18% in 2011. This figure has decreased again for 2013 to 17% which is the same as the five-year average.
  • The highest number of motorcyclist casualties occurred in the 26-39 and 40-59 year age groups (12 and 13 respectively) with 24 of these being males.
  • 97% of all motorcyclist casualties were male
  • The majority of crashes occurred on major roads that run through North Sydney and connect up with other LGAs. These include the Warringah Freeway, Military Road and Pacific Highway.
  • Speeding was a factor in 7 of the crashes and fatigue was a factor in 3 of the crashes while distractions outside the vehicle played a part in 5 of the crashes.
  • 75% occurred during the week between the hours of 6.15am and 7.30pm.
  • Of the 29 motorcyclist casualties there were no known motorcyclists who were not wearing a helmet.
  • In crashes where the motorcycle was the only traffic unit involved (42.5% of all motorcycle crashes), the most common crash movements were out of control on straight (47%).
  • In motorcycle crashes where there was more than one traffic unit involved (57.5% of all motorcycle crashes), the other traffic units involved were most often cars (65%).

Lane Filtering Laws

Motorcycle lane filtering laws now apply in NSW. Lane filtering is when a motorcycle rider moves alongside vehicles that have either stopped or are moving slowly (less than 30 km/h). Read more detailed information on New Laws for Lane Filtering.

Tips for Car and truck drivers:

  • Motorcycles need a full lane. Don't drive in the same lane as them.
  • Allow them as much space as you would a car when overtaking.
  • Motorcycles are easily hidden behind other vehicles. Check all your mirrors and look over your shoulder before merging or changing lanes.
  • At intersections make sure you know where a motorcycle is going to turn.
  • Motorcycles can rapidly speed up or slow down, and can stop in half the distance that a car can, so avoid tailgating.

Tips for Motorcyclists:

  • Position yourself so others can see you, and avoid being in someone's blind spot.
  • Check your mirrors and over your shoulder before changing lanes.
  • Overtake carefully without speeding or swerving too much.
  • Ride at a speed that will let you react to the unexpected in time.
  • Be careful on curves and ride at the advised limit.
  • Be prepared to stop at intersections.
  • Make yourself visible by wearing bright colours.
  • Wear a Standards Approved helmet with an AS1698 sticker.
  • Don't ride when tired - riding a bike is more tiring than driving a car.

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