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WA riders invited to discuss safety

West Australian riders are invited to have their say on road safety initiatives at a public forum during WA Motorcycle Safety Week from October 22-30, 2016.

Motorcycle Riders Association of WA president Dave Wright says it is a good opportunity to address safety issues with relevant officials and politicians.

The forum at the Stirling Community Centre in Tuart Hill will launch the week.

WA Deputy Premier and Minister for Road Safety Liza Harvey, Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia, representatives from relevant government agencies, the WA Local Government Association and riders will attend.

Dave says it will provide an opportunity for riders to review the Government’s 2016-2020 Motorcycle Safety Strategy.

“Have they got it right? What else can be done?” he says.

The forum begins at 8.30am and ends at 1pm with morning tea provided.

While it is open to the public, riders are requested to contact Dave on 0418 954 424 or via email for bookings to ensure catering.

This is just one of the many events during Motorcycle Safety Week,” Dave says.

“We will have the usual Variable Signs on the Freeways etc with rider safety messages.”

They include “B seen – B safe”, “Check your blind spots”, “Ride/drive like your life depends on it” and “Motorcycle protective gear saves skin”.

There will also be radio, newspaper, website and Facebook safety tips during the week.

Dave encourages all motorcycle and scooter riders to ride to work on the Wednesday (October 26).

“It will highlight that we are a legitimate form of transport that requires consideration,” he says.

“If you can’t take your bike, then take your helmet. It will show the people you work with that riders are just regular people – work mates, brothers, sisters, parents, and friends.

“Ask your employer to reserve parking space for motorcycles and scooters on this day.”

WA training courses

Riders can also upskill with a couple of training days.WA Ride Right safety course

A free Ride Right course will be held on Sunday October 23, sponsored by the City of Stirling. It will be held at the Softball WA Hall, Chesterfield Rd, Mirrabooka, from 9.30am-12.30pm.

To register, phone Dave at the above number or email address.

On Yer Bike will hold a rider skills enhancement course and Rider Down will conduct a first-aid course on Sunday, October 30. They will be held at Armadale Senior High School from 9am. Bookings are required by phone: 0488 580 755.