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Motor Cycle Awareness Week

October 12, 2016


While riding a motorcycle can be exhilarating and give a sense of freedom, it comes with a greater degree of risk.

This week, Fowler MP, Chris Hayes, is asking all road users to be more aware of motor cyclists and their vulnerability on the road.

An avid rider for over 30 years, Chris knows only too well the dangers associated with riding a motor bike on our busy roads.

Motorcycle Awareness Week is being held from 15 October to 22 October and it is a reminder that we all need to be careful on the roads.

"Riding a motorcycle certainly has its benefits, it’s an inexpensive and efficient way to travel, parking is much simpler than a car, but it comes with definite risks," Chris Hayes said.

Motorcyclists account for more than 15% of all road deaths, despite only making up 4.5% of registered vehicles in Australia.

"This statistic is too high and being a motorcyclist, I fully appreciate the vulnerabilities."

"Riding a motor bike is exhilarating but it can be easily forgotten how slim the line is between fun and serious injury, or worse."

"While I have always encouraged my sons and friends to ride defensively, we all have a responsibility to make our roads safe."

"I ask all road users to slow down and be aware of those around you," Chris Hayes said.

"Motor Cycle Awareness Week is just that, a week to remind us of being aware of motorcycles."

"Look twice for bikes, it isn’t a big ask but it could save someone’s life," Chris Hayes said.