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In 2013, Main Roads WA recorded 1675
callouts to collect debris on our roads.
A high number of these callouts were
for unsecured loads that had fallen from
vehicles, including household goods,
building materials and green waste.
Each year, debris falling from
unsecured loads causes road
closures and disruptions, especially
on our freeways, and can be a major
contributor to serious crashes. Debris
can also cause significant damage to
vehicles and property.
Motorists are reminded to ensure any
loads they are transporting are correctly
positioned and well secured before
they set off. Loads should be secured
using high-quality load restraints and
should be checked immediately before
leaving and also during the trip.
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The RAC recently partnered with WestCycle,
WA’s peak cycling body, to deliver 10 cycling
education workshops to more than 300
students during a week-long tour to six
communities across the Wheatbelt. The tour
visited Beacon, Kalannie, Merredin, Bruce
Rock, Narembeen and York.
The recent upgrade to a section
of the Kwinana Freeway’s shared
path will ensure a better flow
of bicycles and pedestrians
along the busy path, as well as
minimising water overflow from
the Swan River.
The path was widened
between the Narrows Bridge and
the Thelma Street footbridge
and a concrete wave deflector
wall was installed on the
retaining wall to minimise river
overflow. The sloping river-wall
on the bank of the river between
Bowman Street and Lyall Street
was also strengthened.
This section of the Kwinana
Freeway’s shared path between
the Narrows Bridge and Canning
Bridge is the most heavily
trafficked in the metropolitan
In 2011, there were more than
3000 daily and 712,000 annual
bike movements. Use of the
path by cyclists is growing
at an annual rate of about
seven per cent. The project
cost $3.1 million.
In the next issue of Horizons,
eligible members will receive
our election supplement,
allowing them to cast their
vote in the 2014 RAC Council
Please note that Red Card,
Affiliate and free2go members
are not eligible to vote.
To ensure that all eligible
members have their chance
to vote, it is important that if
you have not received a copy
of the election supplement by
15 October, 2014, you request
one by visiting an RAC Member
Service Centre, by calling Kerri
Tiedemann on (08) 9436 4251,
or by going online and using the
‘Contact Us’ link on rac.com.au.
Two accredited coaches delivered
the workshops where students learnt
bike-handling skills and basic bike
maintenance. The program aims to
keep kids safe on our roads as well as
encouraging cycling as an alternative mode
RAC Sponsorship Manager Carina Lauder
said the sponsorship support is part of more
than $675,000 already provided to local
communities since the RAC’s Community
Sponsorships program began in 2011.
The Wheatbelt tour is part of a series
of week-long tours in regional WA which
are being coordinated by the RAC and
delivered by WestCycle.
WestCycle CEO, Clint Shaw, noted that
“over the past couple of decades the
number of kids riding to school has actually
declined. It’s our focus to change that and
we know through research that children
who receive cycle training not only display
safer cycling behaviour but they also ride
more often. So we’re incredibly grateful
to the RAC for coming on-board and
sponsoring the project.”
The next tour is scheduled for September
2014 and will visit WA’s Mid West.
For more information on the RAC’s
Community Sponsorships program visit
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