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Re: MCC NSW - Lane Filtering to Become Legal from 1st July
« Reply #11 on: 26 Feb 2014, 07:07 PM »
Very sensible and pleased to see it. Setting a 30km/hr limit is just fine as practically speaking most filtering is done well below that speed - and should be! Great to see that good quality patient lobbying from the MCC of NSW has produced yet another excellent result (see http://www.mccofnsw.org.au/a/364.html).

Please consider assisting the excellent work these people do by becoming an individual supporter - where you will not only benefit from the work they do but get a few other benefits yourself. For details see http://www.mccofnsw.org.au/a/354.html

Edit: a letter from MCC NSW with a couple of links for more info:

Dear riders and friends,

After a lot of years of work by many many people we have finally got this across the line.
Lane filtering is legal in NSW from 1 July this year and it is thanks to the support of all the individual supporters of the MCC and all the rider that had a hand in pushing for this change.

Every rider that turned up at a Transport for NSW Master plan meeting a couple of years ago
(Yep, your very own HunterDOGs reps went to three of these), every rider that made a call or email to the Minister (and did one of these) and all who came in the years before well done indeed and a pat on the back to you.

Here is some further information:


http://youtu.be/8oWmulSXP2w


http://www.news.com.au/national/new-laws-make-nsw-first-to-give-motorcyclists-approval-to-move-past-stalled-slow-cars/story-fncynjr2-1226838504353


http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/motorcycles-to-filter-through-traffic-from-july-20140226-33i3t.html


and detailed information is here at the MCC of NSW website;
http://www.mccofnsw.org.au/a/364.html

cheers,
Chris


Christopher James Burns

MCCofNSW Delegate

MCCofNSW Dirt Bike Committee

www.mccofnsw.org.au

0418 486 660

[email protected]
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Here is a piece of news people might be interested in. I didn't put it up when it came in because it is a "big smoke" issue really, may eventually work its way out into the Hunter but I suspect we would put this issue around priority 500 with the 499 before it being 450 about road condition and maintenance then 49 other issues that are more relevant to our environs. However, it may be of interest to anyone heading for said population super-compression zone so here 'tis:

Sent: Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:18 PM
Subject: Lane Filtering and stop box trial for Motorcycles.

Presidents, Secretaries and MCC Delegates,
The new Minister for Roads has agreed to a trail of filtering and stop boxes at 5 intersections around Sydney. The MCC is to nominate the intersections to be trialled. The trial will be monitored 24 hours a day, be set up on one side of each intersection only, and the lanes must be wide enough to enable filtering to take place safely and without any chance of bumping vehicles or their side mirrors.
Please send your nominations to me and I will compile a list for the Committee to choose the 5 intersections to be submitted to the Minister for the trial.
The response from the delegates list has been less than special on this issue, we would appreciate some input from the clubs you represent so feel free to reply with suggestions please.
Main criteria are;
•   Main road into or out of the city.
•   Lanes wide enough to support lane filtering.
•   Any stop boxes installed would have the current stop line pulled back to allow room for the motorcycle stop box and the pedestrian crossing similar to those proposed for bicycles.

We would appreciate your responses fairly quickly as we have to respond to the Minister shortly.
Regards

Christopher Burns (CJ)
MCCofNSW Membership and Liaison Officer
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The following is a copy paste of the Draft Strategy. I actually received this on 11/05/11 but didn't publish it which was an error on my behalf! I did put some immediate feedback in which I will paste in below it just for the record. There are some things in this strategy that WILL be controversial and I think there is some distance to go before it becomes a universal plan. I am expecting the upcoming meeting with the RTA will develop some aspects, check the details and related issues here: http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=754

TWO WHEEL TRANSFORMATION
A comprehensive stakeholder-based strategy for motorcycles and scooters
2011 - 2016

This draft strategy aims to address the intersecting issues of safety, fairness towards, and a more effective use of, motorcycles and scooters in the transport mix of NSW.

It will cover aspects all aspects of motorcycling, both on- and off-road, and include commuting, sport, touring and the issues surrounding motorcycle tourism.

The strategy will propose major and systemic changes in the way two-wheeled transport is integrated into legal, financial and infrastructure considerations.

It will also propose a way to directly link licences, registration, insurance and safety concerns; and link skills-development and legislative equity in a framework of shared responsibility.

If implemented by government, industry and riders, it will create a new culture of inclusion and collaboration in an effort to achieve common goals. In short, it proposes a positive cultural change, in an environment plagued by stereotypes, poor statistics and antipathy.

This strategy is the result of two intensive workshops along with extensive Motorcycle Council deliberations in the first quarter of 2011. It now goes out to stakeholders for comment and will be developed over the next months with ratification planned from July 2011.
Comments are invited to Rob Colligan at [email protected] by May 28th, 2011.
Draft NSW Motorcycle Strategy 2011 – 2016

The MCC NSW proposes a five-year approach to transforming motorcycling in NSW. This new approach will be predicated upon the recognition of motorcycles and scooters as a distinct class of vehicle. Thus vehicle and rider registration, safety concerns, infrastructure and planning will be inclusive and cognisant of the special needs and the unique benefits of two-wheeled transport. The aim is for motorcycling in NSW to be relatively safer, certainly fairer legislatively, and entirely more effective as a commuting option, while giving due consideration to motorcycling as a sport, a recreation, a unique tourism experience and as a way of life for its devotees.

Making it safer
Motorcyclists and scooter riders must take responsibility for their actions on the roads and become professional-grade risk-managers, rather than risk-takers; a state of mind which can be achieved through road-safety and awareness education beginning at high school and continuing for the life of the rider.

Making it fairer
It is crucial that there is legislative and juridical recognition of motorcycles and scooters as a distinct class of vehicle, with spectacular attendant and environmental benefits, while recognising that there are certain requirements needed in order for these benefits to be fully realised.

Making it more effective
Ensuring that scooters and motorcycles are promoted positively within our transport structure will make serious and substantial in-roads into addressing and combating the increasing congestion on our roads.

Summary
This strategy will radically transform the entire motorcycle and scooter paradigm. It is an effective, integrated, stakeholder-based approach. It is not a strategy intended exclusively for government. Every proposed initiative is linked to other initiatives in a coordinated and cross-sectoral approach, making it a viable roadmap for all of motorcycling.

The strategy is not solely concerned with ‘safety’ per se. Safety is more than a lack of crashes; it is a characteristic of the whole system. Its components include properly maintained vehicles, rider skill, fatigue, road conditions, weather, culture, and other road-users. Safety is the result when these components all work together to improve risk management. The rider is, of course, the main component but he is never alone in that regard.

Riding a motorcycling carries an inherently higher risk than driving an enclosed vehicle. That being a given, motorcycling therefore warrants its own definitions of risk and risk management and cannot be simplified or addressed as if motorcycles were just small cars. Only by integrating motorcycles into infrastructure, planning, social norms and the existing transport culture, will the system be reset to enable far more positive human, social and environmental impacts.
The alternative is to continue with potentially damaging, unco-ordinated and kneejerk reactions.

Structure
The fields of action in the proposed strategy include research, safety, education, roads, commuting, gear, sport, registration, and licensing. These are all interrelated. The structure of the proposed strategy recognises this by addressing separately the two main fields of motorcycle use – on-road and off-road

GOAL
The inclusion and recognition of motorcycles and scooters as a distinct vehicle class in all transport and infrastructure planning at national, state and local government levels.

ON-ROAD
1.   Separate and fixed-term motorcycle licences with default renewal linked to refresher and on-going training
2.   A fairer and more transparent CTP scheme that reflects actual motorcycle insurance and medical costs
3.   A revision of road rules and gear standards to improve the utility and safety of motorcycles and scooters
4.   Enhanced and continuing rider training and education
5.   Improved and cheaper access to sport- and track-based training


OFF-ROAD
1.   A new and specific off-road motorcycle registration scheme based on skilled and responsible riding
2.   A new off-road motorcycle CTP scheme
3.   Fair access to recreational land and facilities

KEYSTONE POLICY
As previously stated, the recognition of motorcycles and scooters as a distinct class of vehicle is central to the entire draft proposal.
Government, at all levels, needs to formally acknowledge that two-wheeled transport is distinct from bicycles, cars, buses and trucks. As such, it requires recognition as a unique class of vehicle.

Every aspect of motorcycling, including road rules, signage, training, licensing, and insurance is substantially different to that of four-plus wheeled vehicles. Planning that discounts the fundamental differences between motorcycles and every other vehicle, is inherently and demonstrably dangerous for motorcycle users. Such planning negligence hugely under-values the benefits of two-wheeled transport. Road width, lane dedication and roadside furniture are good examples. Riders are being injured and killed as a result of planning decisions that do not take into consideration the way motorcycles and their riders function on our roads. By extension, what is made safe for bikes will be even safer for cars.

A change to the culture and practice of institutions which impact on motorcycle use is also required, and it needs to be at a whole-of-sector level. With this recognition, there will come a policy platform which will call on all involved agencies, public and private, to reconfigure how they carry out their roles with a new perspective that will address the impact of their actions on motorcycles.

New and more motorcycle-focused research is needed to capture more astute data regarding the motorcycle paradigm. Transport planning needs to use and accommodate growing motorcycle usage. Recreational land-use needs to accommodate off-road riding, which will subsequently reinforce continuing skills-enhancement. This can in turn be tied to a unique motorcycle licensing process, and to a motorcycle-specific CTP scheme which more accurately reflects the real costs to third parties.

This Keystone Policy will update the ad hoc approach that has bedevilled motorcycle usage in the past and replace it with a more effective, safer and more systematic way to include motorcycles in planning, legislative, commercial and community decision-making.


On-road initiatives
The on-road component of the draft proposal has, at its hub, the recognition of motorcycles as a distinct class of vehicle. From this flows an integrated set of initiatives

•   Improved research to enable more effective Compulsory Third Party Insurance, road safety and education.
•   Continuing and focused rider training.
•   Removal of unused motorcycle licences from the system. 
•   Greater use of motorcycles in transport planning and infrastructure.
•   More motorcycle tourism.
•   More sport facilities which also enable more skills development, which in turn will assist safety.

The on-road strategy transforms motorcycle into a more integrated component of motoring life by recognising and utilising the motorcycle specific characteristics, rather than ignoring or seeking to counter them. This recognition enables motorcycle-specific strategies, which lead to a more integrated approach, since two-wheeled transport will be better understood and catered for, rather than being the troublesome small component of ‘motor vehicles that won’t go away’.


Part One

1. Strategies for the inclusion of motorcycles and scooters as a distinct class of vehicle
Motorcycles and scooters offer transport, social and environmental benefits that cars do not. With their recognition as a special class of vehicle, more appropriate approaches to their management become available. Engagement rather than alienation of the rider population is the goal in this regard.

Action One: Insurers, motorcycle groups and other stakeholders to set up an Australian Motorcycle Research Institute for the purpose of providing independent and reliable data across all aspects of motorcycle usage. An informed and participatory approach should be its hallmark.

Action Two: Transport NSW is to define motorcycles as a category of vehicle that warrants specific treatment in planning and legislation. The Australian Motorcycle Research Institute to contribute a non-partisan but engaged evidentiary base.

Action Three: NSW agencies, insurers and planners are to revise planning and administration based on motorcycles as a separable category, including CTP, licensing, driver training and urban/transport/infrastructure planning. In-depth research to be developed with regard to crash risks, e.g. returning and/or older riders.

Action Four: NSW Tourism is to work with the MCC of NSW to develop a motorcycle tourism campaign that will legitimise motorcycle tourism and raise the profile of motorcycle use both on and off road.

Action Five: NSW Government is to use parking levies to motivate commercial parking stations to provide significantly more, and growing, parking for motorcycles in Sydney and other urban centres, especially where scooter use is expanding beyond that of other vehicles, and street parking is over-subscribed. The City of Sydney Council to extend the current motorcycle parking availability by negotiation with land holders.

Action Six: Transport NSW is to stimulate motorcycle and scooter commuting, by including more and cheaper parking, fairer tolls, lower on-road costs, designated road usage and public education beginning at a high school level.

Action Seven: Road design, repair and maintenance agencies are to implement a focused motorcycle safety procedure regarding pavement, repairs, signage, clear zones and barriers standards. Private and public agencies will be required to adopt these procedures as part of liability/risk management. Staff to be educated on motorcycle safety factors.

Action Eight: The RTA is to maintain a publicly accessible and constantly updated motorcycle blackspots list, and to base road remedial funding on reducing it.

Action Nine: Research is to be undertaken to provide evidence base for optimum standards (bikes, helmets, other gear), including the potential of mandatory switchable Anti-locking Braking Systems (ABS) on motorcycles.

2. Strategy for the institution a separate motorcycle rider licence, with a fixed period, which is linked to skills upgrades
There are thousands of long-unused motorcycle licences in the system, and there is an obvious safety benefit in ongoing and refresher rider-training. These factors can be combined: a fixed-term licence will provide the option of letting it lapse or a renewal with a roadcraft refresher. Making refresher courses mandatory will oblige returning riders to undertake skills upgrades, and give continuing riders a periodic roadcraft skills refresher.

Action One: NSW state government to revise motorcycle licensing in regard to:
 1) A separate motorcycle licence; 2) Licence to be for a fixed period, lapsing unless renewed; 3) Renewal requires mandatory roadcraft training as per Strategy Five below.

3. Strategy for a complete review of the current CTP scheme with regard to motorcycles.
Motorcycle crash data has been seriously challenged for gaps and accuracy. Recent CTP changes are based on questionable data, and do not go deeply into the profiles of riders or causes of accidents. Justice also needs to be seen to be done, and data needs to be independently validated to provide a credible base for CTP charges.

Action One: The NSW Government to instigate independent research and an inquiry into the CTP scheme as it affects motorcycles. The goal is a motorcycle-specific and equitable system that supports good risk management and rewards safe riding. CTP providers may need to be motorcycle-specific, such as community or advocacy organisations.

4. Strategy for the revision of road rules to improve utility and safety of bikes and scooters
Road rules which address only four-wheel vehicles are flawed from a motorcycle perspective. They may be used to cover poor road design, or even to reflect a “safe bikes is no bikes” mentality. Fines are being levied for innocent and indeed helpful activities, such as lane-filtering. The focus on speed as the cause of all ills is entirely disingenuous and unsupported by any current data. Furthermore, independent revision of the road rules impacting on motorcycles can clear up injustices and anomalies, eg. automatic Negligent Driving charges for single motorcycle crashes.

Action One: The NSW Government in conjunction with the MCC of NSW to conduct a public review of safety, equity and effectiveness of the current road rules on motorcycle safety and usage (speeds, filtering, infrastructure, parking, etc.), and implement changes that reflect research data and user contributions. Independent research is to be used and the adoption of Keystone Policy and Strategy 1 are to be precursory measures.
5. Strategy for enhanced and continuing rider and driver roadcraft training
Rider training needs to refocus on riders’ personal risk management and perception,  and on riders taking responsibility for their actions. It also needs to be linked to licences, and it needs to include on- and off-road components. Earlier exposure in school years will also help create a more bike-friendly culture such as it is in Europe, including those who never ride bikes, and generally enhanced roadcraft.

Action One: Following on from Strategy 2 above, the NSW Government is to establish a training curriculum and trainer licensing system in the TAFE sector. And then to recognise qualified providers as registered training organisations. This must include both road and track learning. Private track and public road training may both be included, with a focus on the art of staying safe on the roads, ie. roadcraft skills.

Action Two: The RTA is to enhance motorcycle safety education in general driver training and in ongoing public education campaigns.

Action Three:  Driver and rider education must be considered as an essential life-skill and integrated into school curricula, including a stress on drivers being aware of motorcycle issues.

6. Strategy for improved and cheaper access to sport and track based training
Sydney has lost two race tracks and access to the remaining tracks is both difficult and expensive. As the Phillip Island experience shows, good tracks are tourism drawcards and income generators for both the operators and the state government. They can also offer higher skill-level training for drivers and riders, and an opportunity for recreation. Promotion of motorcycle sport and the use of tracks for traffic-free and advanced training will improve the skills base of motorcyclists. Off-road access that is effectively policed and does not disturb neighbours or environmentally sensitive areas is also important.

Action One: User groups, sports clubs, Motorcycling NSW, Motorcycling Australia, commercial interests and local and state government to source locales for track space for sport and training, especially in Sydney region.

Action Two: the development of small learner tracks and larger sport tracks to be supported for tourism, sport and recreational venues, as well as providing facilities for rider education.


Part Two

Off-road initiatives   
The off-road component of the NSW Motorcycle Strategy links access to recreational and sport venues and routes to a new licensing and bike registration system. This then enables improved rider training. It also aims to reduce impacts on the landscape and the non-motorcycling population while opening up areas for motorcycle use within sound environmentally management frameworks.


7. Strategy for an off-road junior motorcycle licensing scheme
Specific off-road junior licences for junior motorcycle riders can assist in reducing problem riding, enabling young riders to be supervised and trained, and create a culture of engagement with all riders. Licence holders will be part of a training scheme administered by various off-road riding clubs, which will stress personal responsibility and development. It will also mesh with a tailor-made recreational registration scheme, and form a basis for negotiations regarding access to sites for riders.

Action One: The NSW Government is to develop an off-road junior licensing scheme, with appropriate standards and training requirements. This would best be achieved via a phasing-in strategy which would include a public education campaign.

Action Two: The MCC of NSW, Motorcycling NSW, off-road clubs and the motorcycle training industry are to develop a capacity to provide training for off-road junior riders.

8. Strategy for a recreational registration scheme
It is envisaged that stakeholders would facilitate a state-wide recreational registration scheme that would provide funds for training, insurance, improved rider safety and the ability to ensure off-road activities occur in a manner acceptable to the community and riders.

Action One: The MCC of NSW to facilitate the design of the Recreational Registration Scheme with the required stakeholders, including Motorcycling NSW, RTA, MAA, NPWS, State Forests and the NSW Department of Lands.

Action Two: Establish a working group to see the Recreational Registration Scheme from inception to through to completion.

Action Three: Establish a facilities working group to identify suitable areas that could improve facilities for recreational riding and to encourage responsible riding practices.


9. Strategy for recreational off-road licensing requirements
The MCC of NSW and Motorcycling NSW to combine the results of Strategy Two and Strategy Seven so as to engage recreational riders and other stakeholders with regard to licensing requirements, and the rights and responsibilities involved in recreational off-road riding.
 
Action One: The MCC of NSW and Motorcycling NSW to facilitate education in skilled and safe recreational riding linked to the recreational registration scheme to all stakeholders.

10. Strategy for obtaining fair access to land and facilities for off-road riding
Better, fairer and more controlled access to off-road riding sites will enable more participation, reduce illegal or environmentally damaging activities and form the platform for a more inclusive approach to off-road riding.
   
Action One:  The MCC of NSW is to initiate an off-road motorcycle working party of rider groups, which will include but not be limited to NSW Transport, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Hunter Illegal Trail Riders (HITR), Motorcycling NSW, Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association (DSMRA), Forests NSW, NSW Police, along with other specialist, industry or community stakeholders, with a mandate to change the way off-road riding is managed.

Action Two: That the MCC of NSW be commissioned by a working group to review the current situation, and propose a comprehensive new approach to land access, licences, registration and training.

Action Three: The creation of a working party to review research and options and propose a comprehensive model covering:
•   The provision of a coherent administration of activities and access to suitable lands and trails in NSW
•   A way to better manage issues such as: conditions of use, insurance, safety, noise reduction, access, nature and land impacts, private land users, illegal users, other stakeholders’ interests, etc.
•   An effective off-road rego and CTP schemes which will assist regulation of activities without alienating user groups
•   Rider-training programs for skill and safety enhancement 

Action Four:  The creation of a working party to present an improved off-road management model to key stakeholders in government, local communities, sport and user groups. The working group will also map the feasibility of the model, add an implementation timeframe and prepare implementation.

Action Five: Off-road use strategy to be adopted by responsible organisations for implementation and monitoring. A review at 2016 is recommended.

My feedback:
As an over-arching comment the strategy days were useful to compile the issues, but really not sufficient to say there is a mandate for this document (or whatever it becomes). This aspect has the potential to become an “elephant in the room” within the motorcycling public (for instance some of this could be labelled as the “polarised views of an active minority”, not the community as a whole). This cannot be ignored if the process is to be successful and I believe a wide communication process has to be gone into with credible management of the strategy drafting process. Simon Disney will have a clue for how policy was formulated within the Democrats, maybe that is applicable. At least we need to publish the draft publicly in dedicated web space, with publicity in all the major publications, AFTER getting their editors on side. And then deal credibly with the feedback, ideally finishing with some form of voting process. I don’t really know how we would do voting, maybe the delegates would be sufficient - but even that could be seen as Sydney-centric. Maybe that isn’t such a problem, but I KNOW genuine legitimisation has to be seen to have happened as a lot of people will moan about having to do anything. There needs to be a way to ensure this doesn’t cause a blow-up from the well recognised fractured community that motorcyclists (almost by definition) are.

Some more detailed comments (of variable value!):

1)   Whatever this means it isn’t clear, wording changes req’d:
Making it fairer
It is crucial that there is legislative and juridical recognition of motorcycles and scooters as a distinct class of vehicle, with spectacular attendant and environmental benefits, while recognising that there are certain requirements needed in order for these benefits to be fully realised.


2)   Overview is presented somewhat as a “go/no go” style, whereas we are really talking about broad movement. Failure has to be a recognised and accepted part of the strategy, what we are after is quantum shift in the norms. Otherwise we expose ourselves to the same kinds of methods to measure / implement changes, easy for bureaucrats to then chuck the baby out with the bathwater! An eg is the word “must …” rather than “should (be encouraged to do more to) …” or similar. Don’t water it down, but don’t make it so “oh well they won’t, or can’t, or that one didn’t so stuff’em” is an option (for anyone).

3)   “Riding a motorcycling” this doc will get a serious proof read, right? Get someone who knows about comma placement to do it! Professionalism, whilst apparently not that important in the eyes of many, DOES make a big difference in the eyes of a key few.

4)   OFF ROAD CTP probably needs commentary re where all the crap currently lumped in that box should go when trail bikes go, eg unregistered vehicles of all types, caravan park trailer injuries, and anything people “get up to” within cooee of a public road…

5)   Road width, lane dedication and roadside furniture are good examples. Add “road repair methodologies” PLLLEEAAASSEEE

6)   By “bedevilled” – do you mean “(avoidably?) created (much?) higher accident and injury outcomes” or are we just having a whinge?

7)   “More sport facilities” => “More training facilities”? or are we trying to say something else? Possibly “multi-function sport, recreation & training”

8 )   The RTA black spot list MUST have an MCC overview of some kind. CAMS have useful risk assessment processes for determining if public street venues are suitable for use as hill climb events and the like, and somehow this kind of assessment has to be looped in rather than the BS way the RTA ID’s spots now.

9)   The mandatory training thing will cop a fair bit of resistance unless there is a community engaging roll-out process that will have trials. There are some useful parallels in the gun licensing system we could look at as a proven process, it starts with asking all non-owners of a bike licence holders why they need one, has phase in times and the like. I am saying agreement on the process needs to happen as part of the action.

10)   “riders taking responsibility for their actions” => “riders’ knowledge being increased to assist them in taking greater responsibility for their actions” even softened up a bit this is a double edged sword and a great excuse to increase penalties.

11)   “a stress” => “a strong emphasis”
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The "translation" into "biker speak", per attached:

Media Release
9 June 2011

NSW Motorcycle Safety Initiatives Welcomed

The Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCC) welcomes the announcement by Roads Minister, the Hon Duncan Gay, that motorcycle safety initiatives have been escalated as part of the $170 million Road Toll Response Package. 

Simon Disney, Acting MCC Chairman, said there are now over half a million motorcycle licence holders in NSW and that scooters and motorcycles are increasing in popularity as a low-emission, congestion-busting means of personal transport.

“MCC has held a number of motorcycle strategy forums recently, and the motorcycling community is keen to work with the RTA and MAA on a range of strategies to increase motorcycle awareness and safety and reduce accidents and injury”, Mr Disney said.

“For too long, motorcycles have been regarded by policymakers as simply some kind of small car.  The different handling characteristics of motorcycles means that better road design in the planning stages and improved training for road maintenance crews will bring about safer roads for those on two wheels and just as importantly, safer roads for cars too”.

“The inclusion of research projects, such as studies into fatigue and helmets is particularly welcomed. NSW is a big State, with vast distances to cover, yet rider fatigue as a factor in accidents is an issue that is not well understood.   

“Contrary to popular belief, the average age of motorcyclists in NSW is 44.  Motorcycle tourism is growing rapidly and injects considerable income into rural and regional economies.

“Unfamiliar roads and conditions, combined with fatigue – particularly for ‘returning riders’ who had a motorcycle in their teens and twenties - can be a factor in accidents. We need to better understand the role fatigue can play.

“Racking up 600km or more in a day on a bike may be fine in your twenties, but it can be an entirely different proposition for a ‘returning rider’, 30 or 40 years down the track.

“MCC looks forward to working further with the Minister and RTA when the Ministerial Advisory Council reconvenes, to explore how we can most effectively communicate the findings of these studies and initiatives to member clubs and rider groups in NSW”, concluded Mr Disney.

For further information and all media enquiries please contact:
Simon Disney– Acting Chairman MCC of NSW on 0408 161 466

The Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCC of NSW) was established in 1982 and is the state’s pre-eminent motorcycle advisory group representing almost 40,000 riders from 38 social clubs and motorcycling organisations.
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MOTORCYCLE SAFETY INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED, This is Good News
« Reply #7 on: 10 Jun 2011, 09:27 AM »
Per attached, with a new government in NSW, things are improving! A range of motorcycle safety initiatives from the new NSW Roads Minister. 

Given that this is the MCC of NSW's first public engagement with the new Minister, it is welcoming and focuses primarily on road conditions and rider fatigue.


8 June 2011

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED


NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay today announced early motorcycle safety initiatives are under way as part of the $170 million Road Toll Response Package.

“In recognition of the strong growth in motorcycle use in NSW the RTA is developing a NSW Motorcycle Safety Strategy,” Mr Gay said.

“While the full strategy is being further developed early initiatives are being implemented straightaway,” he said.

“These early initiatives have been developed through consultation workshops with the NRMA, NSW Police, the NSW Motorcycle Council, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the Motor Accidents Authority and the Australian Motorcycle Council.

“The initiatives address some of the issues raised in the draft National Road Safety Strategy which has a plan for safer roads, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer people. 

“While our road toll has been reducing during the past decade, there are still too many people dying on our roads.

“Motorcycles represent less than four per cent of registrations however, preliminary figures for 2010 show 61 motorcyclists died on NSW roads accounting for 15 per cent of all fatalities.

“These figures show motorcyclists are among NSW’s most at-risk road users which is why motorcyclist safety remains a priority for the RTA.”


Mr Gay said some of the key early motorcycle safety initiatives included:

•   Adapting the Vicroads training package for road designers, operators and maintenance crews to be delivered to RTA staff and offered to local governments to train road crews;
•   Expanding the Helmet Evaluation and Rating Program to assess more helmet types;
•   Distributing the Good Gear Guide safer clothing pamphlets to NSW Motorcycle Training Centres and other opportunities to reach the broad motor rider community;
•   Expanding the ‘check twice for bikes’ road safety campaign about sharing the road; and
•   Carrying out research projects in areas such as fatigue, motorcycle helmets and motorcycle crash studies.

“The NSW Motorcycle Safety Strategy will develop more motorcycle safety initiatives and will also look at best practice in other states.

“The RTA has already implemented a number of measures addressing motorcycle safety such as safety measures on popular motorcycle routes, improving licensing, training and testing and campaigns to educate riders about positioning, appropriate speed and gear adjustments,” Mr Gay concluded.

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I think this is now close enough to reality that those of us with chook chasers in the shed too can actually start to look forward to it:!!!

Delegates,
                I wish to inform you that in response to work that we have been putting in with the Premiers Department, we have an in principle agreement from the RTA, MAA, NPWS, Lands Department and the Premiers Department for Recreational Registration in NSW. We await Ministerial sign-off, but we understand that this will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

The basics of this deal include the following:

*   A yearly price of around $120
*   45 days a year riding.
*   CTP included in the price.
*   Part of the fee will be used for dedicated tracks and facilities, as well as rehabilitation of environmentally sensitive areas.

Obviously, there is much more to it than this, but this is good news and is supported by the industry through the FCAI.

Regards,

Rob Colligan
Chairman
MCC of NSW
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Re: MCC NSW - Newsletter March 2011
« Reply #5 on: 15 Apr 2011, 04:03 PM »
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Well this is a long overdue and worthwhile step. Also check out the action positions Rob has taken at the bottom, this gentleman is (with assistance of others) trying super hard to get good outcomes for motorcyclists, so we should all be ready to pitch in a bit to help too!
Edit: Added Shooters & Fishers Party Policy Statement below.

In regards to your question, this is our position:

"After 16 years of Labor, it is time for change. Under a NSW Liberals & Nationals Government, motorcyclists and scooter riders will be recognised as an independent road user group. At this stage, we are not sure if legislative changes are required however if electorally successful on March 26, we will examine all available options to make sure motorcyclists and scooter riders will be given a fair go"

I'll give you a call a bit later today.

Cheers

Ilse

Ilse van de Meent
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National Party of Australia (NSW Division)


From: Rob Colligan [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, 9 March 2011 3:46 PM
To: Ilse vandeMeent
Subject: One Simple Question

Ilse,
      Could you please tell us if the Coalition could answer the following one question for us?

Will the Coalition legislatively recognise motorcycles and scooters as a separate class of road user for Transportation Planning?

A simple "YES" answer from the Coalition would be welcomed by the 500,000 motorcycle licence holders in the state of NSW.

I would be available for any Press Statement if so desired.

Good luck with the coming election.

Warmest Regards,

Rob Colligan
Chairman
Motorcycle Council of NSW
0401227731

Councillor on the Motor Accidents Advisory Council
Member of the NSW Road Safety Advisory Council
Member of the NSW Ministerial Motorcycle Advisory Council
Member of the MAA/MCC Working Party
Member of the Hunter Illegal Trail Riders Working Party
Delegate to the Australian Motorcycle Council
Member of the Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee under the National Road Safety Council.


SHOOTERS AND FISHERS BACKS MOTOR CYCLE AND SCOOTER RIDERS.
14 March 2001

Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Brown said today he believed that riders of motorcycles and scooters need to be recognised as a separate class of road user.

He said these riders have long suffered discrimination in the fees and charges they faced for riding their machines on our roads.

Mr Brown said there were about half a million motorcycle licence holders in New South Wales and they deserved special recognition.

"What this legislative recognition would mean is that every time a Government department was considering making changes to transport policy, the needs of these riders would have to be included in any decisions.
"I am prepared to have the necessary legislation for this recognition drawn up and presented to the Legislative Council early in the term of the next Government," Mr Brown said.

"I have had a series of discussions in recent months with the Chairman of the Motor Cycle Council of New South Wales, Rob Colligan, who has explained the importance of having these riders recognised as a separate class of user.
"He has made a sound case for this change, and I am happy to take it into the Parliament to seek support from both Chambers," he said.

Mr Colligan said he welcomed the strong support from the Shooters and Fishers Party.
"For the last three or four decades, motorcycle and scooter riders have faced decisions that have endangered their lives because the unique properties of two wheeled vehicles have not been recognised or allowed for in regards to road and transport related policy planning."

"Riders have faced a situation where they "deserved what they got" because they choose to ride. This was never an acceptable situation and the Shooters and Fishers recognise this fact," he said.
Mr Colligan said one of the sillier anomalies at the moment is that if two cycles park on one car space both get booked because the NSW Road Rules state that only one vehicle is allowed to park in a Parking Spot.

"Clearly this rule was drawn up for cars, without any thought of how efficient it would be to park four to five bikes in that same spot." Mr Colligan said.

Further information: Robert Brown MLC 0429 303 250, or Rob Colligan, 0401 227731.
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Re: MCC NSW - Newsletter February 2011
« Reply #3 on: 09 Mar 2011, 08:45 AM »
From the MCC of NSW, a tireless bunch of volunteers working very hard to get a better outcome for motorcyclists in this fine State!
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Re: MCC NSW - Aha, Found the CTP GreenSlip Smoking Gun!!!
« Reply #2 on: 01 Mar 2011, 08:23 AM »
From the minutes of the February 2011 MCC NSW General Meeting, it is reporting on a 23/12/10 meeting:

Also, we met with the Independent Actuaries in regards to our CTP Issues. I have indicated to them that we have a major issue with the relativities and that the claims to premiums ratio is 50% for the overall scheme but 24% for Motorcycles. They have also advised me that we are maliced 17% whereas the rest of the scheme is maliced/bonused at 0%. We now have what I consider, the smoking gun.

So this is how the so called "logic" works to simply slam motorcyclists just because we exist, doesn't go down too well huh! Write to your local member / agitate for the Liberal / National candidates to buy in before they are appointed, whoops, am I jumping to conclusions? No, there's no guesswork involved!
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« Reply #1 on: 22 Jan 2011, 12:13 PM »
We have seen a quantum shift in how "the motorcycle lobby" is operating in NSW in the last year. There have been several things come together to greatly lift the game, the nature of which is to have a really good go to make a difference - and basically give up if we don't get the support from the motorcycle community! However I have seen enough of how this is going over the last couple of months or so that I think the key players won't accept that failure is an option - so the rest of us just better get in and lend a hand! The big picture things that have come together are the election of Rob Colligan as President of MCC, the CTP Fiasco Rally (as discussed here http://hunterdog.org.au/DiscussionBoard/index.php?topic=656.0) which finally got some real political traction, and what I'm going to call "the collective motorcycling community response to the first two items".

Where this has lead to is we are genuinely on a path to "make a difference", with a big component of "keep it real" in the mix. It is early days, but this period will be looked back on with appreciation and respect as the rewards for effort start to flow. Please, if you ever wanted to help make a difference, pick now to be ready to put your hand up as there are going to be requests for assistance fairly soon I would expect.

There is a Motorcycling Strategy Forum on tomorrow (Sun) and Brett and I are going to it. But first I need to say that, in my role of MCC NSW Hunter DOG Inc Delegate, I have been a bit of a slack tart and not "put it out there" to get more input from the Hunter Area. Sure that was "gunna" be done last weekend but for the Commodore incident I inflicted on myself - so now you have the rest of today to get any clear thoughts you may have across to me! There is a second Forum day next month so there is still time to get in, but my experience is that "Day 2's" are typically about the details of Day 1 implementation. Obviously there will be an update to this topic after the day. If you want to post here or email anything you think to me - vince at hunterdog dot org dot au, please do.

Here are some announcements / info to give you a clue about what has been / is happening (and show how slack I have been!). If you don't want to read it all please read the bottom section first:

Michael Daley
Minister for Police
Minister for Finance
MEDIA RELEASE
Motorcyclists get a seat at the Table
Saturday 11th December 2010
Minister for Finance Michael Daley today announced the appointment of Rob Colligan, Chairman of the Motorcycle Council of NSW, to the Motor Accidents Advisory Council.
Mr Daley said the appointment of Mr Colligan to the Advisory Council was one of many positive steps that had been taken over the course of the year to ensure the views of motorcyclists were heard.
?This year has also seen the establishment of an independent actuarial review of motorcycle Green Slip pricing, a Protective Clothing Working Party and MAA funded safety videos,? he said.
?Following concern from riders about the cost of motorcycle Green Slips, Ernst & Young have recently been appointed to conduct an independent actuarial review of motorcycle Green Slip pricing to look at the current Green Slip premium setting arrangements for motorcycles.
?They will consider and advise on possible options that achieve a balance between affordability and fairness.
?The MAA has arranged for a Motorcycle Council representative to join them on the Protective Clothing Working Party which involves relevant government agencies from NSW, interstate and New Zealand.
?This group is specifically looking at the feasibility of options for developing a safety testing system and star-rating consumer information for motorcycle protective clothing suitable for Australian and New Zealand conditions.
Mr Daley said as well as working on joint initiatives, the MAA has also funded the Motorcycle Council to produce a series of rider safety videos which will be distributed to affiliate club members when they are finished.
?I welcome Mr Colligan to the Advisory Council and look forward to the positive contribution he will make on behalf of all motorcycle owners and riders.?
Mr Colligan welcomed the invitation to represent motorcycle and scooter owners in NSW in this very important role on the Motor Accidents Advisory Council.
?For decades, motorcyclists have faced continued negative rhetoric, but more recently we have begun to enjoy open and frank, yet positive discussions about our place in the NSW transport mix.?
?As such, I am optimistic about the future direction that motorcyclists will hopefully be taking.?
?Motorcyclists are relying on the Motorcycle Council to find a way to ensure that when Green Slip prices are set they will be at their lowest possible level, and reflect the level of claims, so that riding can be as affordable as possible and this is just the first of many roles that the Motorcycle Council of NSW will be seeking in the months ahead.?
Media contact: Carissa Simons 0417 348 659

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From Rob Colligan 16/12/10,
The MCC of NSW has been working with the MAA and the Premiers Department to bring in a Recreational Rego scheme in NSW. With the coming election in March, we are hopeful that all sides of politics will support our plan.
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     Could you please advise your members that I have been appointed as the MCC of NSW Representative to the new Road Safety Advisory Council established by the Minister for Roads David Borger? I was notified at 4pm Monday and the first meeting was held yesterday at 9:30am. This meeting was primarily concerned with discussion of the proposed the National Road Safety Strategy. Points that concerned motorcycling that were raised included Compulsory ABS for Motorcycles, 0.02 BAC for all vehicles, technology for identifying speeding Motorcycles, Point to Point Camera?s for all Vehicles, inclusion of motorcycles in total road design, an aim for a 30% reduction in fatalities in the next 20 years, complete banning of mobile phone use (including with handsfree/helmet devices such as Autocom), Motorcycle Blackspot programme & Further Education which may be funded from our proposed Separate Motorcycle Licence Policy as worked through by the AMC and the Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee.

The pleasing thing is that it became obvious that the policy documents that we have seen worked through the National Process in relation to Graduated Licencing and a separate Motorcycle Licence have been well read and understood by the RTA Management. The next meeting with me sometime in the New Year and this will be to set the terms of reference. Other Members of this Council are The Minister for Roads David Borger (Chair), Michael Busby (RTA), Dr Soames Job (RTA), Margy Predegast (RTA), The CEO?s from Youthsafe, Koori Young People, Three Members from the NRMA, Harold Scruby (Pedestrian Council of Australia) and the CEO of Bicycles NSW, amongst others. A Full list will be sent out in the New Year. I will keep you all informed as this progresses.

Just a reminder, and please pass this on to your members, that this now sees the MCC of NSW and therefore your members, represented at three very important Councils.
1/ The Motorcycle Ministerial Advisory Council.
2/ The Motor Accidents Advisory Council.
3/ The Road Safety Advisory Council.

This is a pleasing achievement for all concerned and we must continue to work on these Councils to ensure that our views are being represented.

On one last note, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Committee of the Motorcycle Council of NSW, to wish all Clubs, their Members and Delegates a truly wonderful Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year.

Warmest regards,

Rob Colligan
Chairman
Motorcycle Council of NSW
Mob: 0401227731

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From Rob Colligan 6/01/11,
Dear Motorcycle Stakeholder,
                                                 The Motorcycle Council of NSW would like to invite you to join us at the NSW Motorcycle Strategy Forums scheduled for the following dates:

Forum 1: Sunday January 23rd 2011 from 10am to 4pm at Parramatta Town Hall
Forum 2: Saturday February 12th 2011 from 11am to 5pm at Parramatta Town Hall

Motorcycle Parking will be available on site and a light lunch plus refreshments will be served during the days.
The NSW Motorcycle Strategy Forums will lay the platform for motorcycling for the next 5 years in NSW? covering the social, recreational, safety and transport planning aspects of motorcycling.
As the popularity of Two Wheeled transport continues to grow in our already congested cities, the Motorcycle Council of NSW decided it is time for Riders to come together with Motorcycling Stakeholders from all aspects of motorcycling for a series of Forums so a comprehensive Strategy can be developed. To make this a reality, a Committee has been formed that has engaged the services of CSR Sydney to facilitate a series of forums.
The NSW Motorcycle Strategy Forums are an opportunity for you and your organization to contribute to the future of motorcycling in NSW. So register now for this rare opportunity to make a difference and to help develop the NSW Motorcycle Strategy.
The NSW Motorcycle Strategy forums are sponsored by: The MCC of NSW, The Motor Accidents Authority and CRS Sydney.
There is no cost for attendance.

Register here: www.motorcyclestrategy.com

We hope to see your club or organisation represented at these very important Forums.


PS:      We would like two from each club, until we know that we can cater for as many organizations as possible in the 100 spots we have. If there are spare spots, we will let our clubs know.
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From Central Coast Scooter Club 19/01/11
 
We have not received an agenda for the meeting on 23rd January and have taken the liberty to compile a list of matters that Scooter riders in our club feel need to be addressed
We would appreciate the following items  being discussed.
Rider Safety
Median strip pedestrian barriers being made more rider friendlier?Not Pool fence type barriers
Highway barriers of cables posing a potential death trap to riders who fall
Undercover parking being made compulsory at all major centres ,hospitals, railway/bus stations and anywhere where commuter bikers leave their bikes for extended periods  to help protect instrumentation and other parts of the  Cycles Scooters vital parts  .
Speed humps being irresponsibly placed by Shopping centres Councils etc and which should not be less than 10 m away(Australian Standard) from where a bike/ scooter is making a turn .
Allow footpath parking where it is wide enough  so that Bikes/scooters stop getting  knocked over by  motorists parking .
Ban 50 and 100cc bikes scooters from Freeways /Motorways with speed limits of 110kph
Remove any suggestion of front number plates .
Ensure that Bikes /Scooters safety is given the same priority as car safety in any road design /construction
Allow Motorcycles /Scooters to use public transport corridors  at all times.
 
Other Rider Matters
Allow motorcycles /scooters to travel  free on all Toll roads.
Instigate Government funded Rider training sessions fully subsidised .
Permit L plated riders to travel at the posted speeds
Obtain better information on Accident statistics so that insurance companies can provide CTP insurance at a fair rate to all categories of bikes /scooters trikes
Make  an allowance  of 15% for all speeding related fines .
Ensure more parking is available for cycles/scooters  and that parking meters are free .
Set a lower tolerance for exhaust noise from Cycles /scooters.  

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From Rob Colligan 20/01/11,

MCC of NSW

NSW Motorcycle Strategy Forums 2011

Day 1 Sunday January 23 Strategic Directions

Day 2 Saturday February 12 Strategy Details

Output: A multi-stakeholder NSW Motorcycle Strategy, including commitment to enact, governance, timelines, resources and evaluative criteria.

Day 1
Strategic Directions 10am ? 3pm
Introduction: MCC ? 1000
Logistics: DM ? 1010
Session 1: Multiple conversation mapping tables discuss 7-8 issues. Rotation 1020
Break: 1200
Session 2: Logging key issues; wall postings. 1230
Session 3: Clustering; begin strategy outlines. 1400
Close: 1500

Day 2
Strategic Directions 10am ? 3pm
Introduction: MCC ? 1000
Logistics: DM ? 1010
Session 1: Revisit conversation mapping, key issues, strategy outlines. 1020
Session 2: Strategy writing: small groups. 1100
Break: 1230
Session 3: Strategy mapping x 3 horizons 1300
Session 4: Commitment, resources, governance recommendations / decisions 1400
Close: 1500

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What Does Vince Think?
Apart from the 6-pack of "regular issues" (ie CTP, tolls, bus lanes, etc) that is?

1) Road Authority repair techniques are light years away from what would be acceptable from an OHS perspective in any other arena, this needs to change A LOT!!!

2) We are kidding ourselves if we think we can ignore the fact that a lot of motorcyclists sometimes treat public roads as a race track - if we want to get results in other areas we have to make progress here too. I don't have an answer, but I suspect much easier access to more appropriate outlets for these "human condition" aspects of behaviour are going to be a big part of what it takes!

3) Training programmes - access, frequency and hard/soft skill content - need to be radically repositioned from licensing on, it is a "whole of life" issue and needs to be approached as such.

4) Advertising to reach riders is done much better in other parts of the world (and Oz!) - we need to fast track that here.

5) Anything else YOU suggest I should be putting up as a delegate??

Edit: Sent out as "an Announcement" with ", Your Input?" tacked on the end of the subject, deleted now to tidy up future commentary.
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