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Motorcyclists train to be safer after accidents peak

May 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

MOTORCYCLISTS have gathered in Lower Hutt as part of an ongoing programme on how reduce injury on New Zealand’s roads after a recent peak in accidents.

The full-day course at Waterloo interchange was aimed at more experienced riders returning to motorcycling after several years.

Lynne & Andrew Templeton

ACC, one of the chief sponsors, are wanting motorcyclists to be safer on our roads, says Organiser Lynne Templeton of the Wellington-based Roadsafe Rider Organisation,right.

“It’s providing training for people who’ve become unconfident or inexperienced with the new technology and rules. Safety is paramount, and having fun is also important,” she says.

The ACC sponsorship means that the course is highly subsidised, which results in what Roadsafe consider to be a low entry cost of $20.

Casualties on New Zealand roads for motorcyclists in 2010 were at an eight year peak, with 50 deaths and 1300 serious accidents.

The Hutt Valley is one of the main areas of concern for motorbike accidents, with poor observation on urban roads being a leading factor.

“We’ve been operating for around 16 years, with the past seven of those being asked to demonstrate around the country.

“We’ve done courses in Auckland, Tauranga, Whakatane, Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui, Christchurch and Greymouth. We’ve also had a contract with Tasman Council, which involves Blenheim and Nelson.”

Roadsafe NZ has also set up a mentoring programme with the Ulysses club, in which experienced club members mentor inexperienced riders. Members have to be over 40 years old to join.

“The point of the programme is for the more experienced riders to act as role models.”

Roadsafe NZ is providing a ‘Learn to Ride’ programme in Lower Hutt on May 20.

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