Stop ignoring motorcycles. Acknowledge that riders are a vulnerable road user, that motorcycles require special consideration in road safety and transport issues, and are a significant key to solving many transport and traffic issues.
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Two recent major Austroads reports have failed to mention motorcycles. This is not the first time and we fear may not be the last.
Motorcycle riders are among the most vulnerable road users and even minor accidents can have major life-threatening repercussions. Despite rear-enders being a major issue for riders, motorcycles were not mentioned in the recent Investigation of Key Crash Types: Rear-end Crashes in Urban and Rural Environments report. This comes as lane filtering - long believed to offer a reduction in motorcycle rear-ender crashes - is now offered in three jurisdictions of Australia, but did not rate one mention in the report. (Note the rider in the video could have avoided the rear-ender by filtering)
Motorcycles are also a unique vehicle as they are very small, yet they have the ability to travel on every road surface in Australia and New Zealand. They also have dramatically different dynamic demands and abilities, making them a unique vehicle with special needs in regards road surfaces, road rules, etc. Yet motorcycles were not mentioned in the Level of Service Metrics (for Network Operations) report.
Finally, motorcycles offer solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing Austroads such as congestion, parking and traffic flow. If Austroads is serious about considering the future of transport and traffic in Australia and New Zealand, it must recognise, acknowledge and foster the attributes of motorcycles.
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