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This issue's winner is
Samantha McCubbin, for
her short poem about
the need for drive-
placed in seatbelts since there
were no child restraints on hand.
Our concern regarding the future
legislation is that fellow motorists
and friends and neighbours on
foot will not have appropriate
restraints available for such
unplanned lifts. I have spoken
to many grandparents who are
concerned about the impact this
law would have on them. Some
vehicles have three rear seats but
only two top restraint anchorages.
Will the requirements be only
black and white or will there be
some room for discretion?
Turn to page 11 for information
on the implementation of the
new car restraint regulations.
I recently bought a small
motorcycle, which was cheap to
buy and run. I do pay considerable
annual licence fees and insurances
however and so I am entitled to
ask what facilities are provided for
me to access the city and suburbs
on my motorbike? Not many,
from my examination.
The RAC itself seldom
advocates motor cycle use or
rights, the media paints us all
as lawless bikies, and government
transport agencies ignore us totally
as a mode of transport. Consider
this: my bike uses one tenth of the
fuel of a car, it takes up less than
one-fifth the road space and emits
less noise and CO2.
Unfortunately, until recently in
the City there were absolutely no
on-street bike bays where one could
park for longer than 15 minutes.
After somebody corrected the
assumption that all motorcyclists are
couriers, we had a few (very few and
poorly represented) bays created for
longer periods of parking.
I suggest simple immediate
measures such as an area set aside
for community motorbike parking
on the edge of Langley Park, next to
railway stations, public utilities and
other 'spare' land, access to locked
change rooms for showers and
changing, and better signage and
distribution of motorcycle parking
would go a long way to improving
Perth City congestion and bringing it
into line with other good cities.
Other local governments fare
just as poorly as the PCC and
I am therefore not in the least
bit sympathetic to you as you
bleat about the costs of traffic
congestion. You are just not trying
at all with respect to bikes and
motorbikes. Surely I am not the only
motorcyclist to notice and object to
this raw deal? I hope other members
lobby the RAC to take up our cause?
The RAC represents all road users on
the Road Safety Council, including
motorcycle and scooter riders.
The RAC has recently appointed
a Road User Group Coordinator
to specifically focus on building
a stronger relationship with road
user groups covering motorcycle
and scooter riders, cyclists and
pedestrians on road safety issues.
In 2009 the RAC chaired a
series of three motorcycle and
scooter safety forums involving
all the major motorcycle safety
stakeholders. The forum brought
key government agencies and
leading road safety academics
and researchers to the table to
engage with motorcycle riders on
road safety issues which affect
them. The RAC continues to play
an active role on the Motorcycle
and Scooter Safety Action Group
to deliver on the outcomes of
RED LIGHT WORRY
I am from the country so do not
experience city driving a lot but
after recent visits I feel I must
voice my concern.
I am seriously scared about the
increasing potential for serious
accidents as a result of people
ignoring red lights.
An orange light now means
speed up and a red light means
It seems that drivers are
working on the delay between
one set of lights turning red
and the other turning green -- in
effect, russian roulette.
It is also a near suicide
mission to try and turn
right at an intersection
without arrows because
of this practice.
I believe that putting
red light cameras at
every intersection is the
only solution to try and
discourage this practice.
I have two kids in the city
and I worry for them every
time they hit the road!
Motorcyclists: Do they get a raw deal?
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