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Regional bikers lead the list of motorcycle crash fatalities and injuries, with a record 50% increase in biker crashes in 2021 alone. A shocking figure and a reminder to improve road safety for bikers, for passengers and other road users in Motorcycle Awareness Month, supported by Transport NSW in collaboration with the Motorcycle Council of Australia. According to Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance, up to 60 motorcyclists are killed and more than 1,000 seriously injured on NSW roads each year. “We have seen a worrying increase in the number of fatalities, with 39 motorcyclists killed between January and August this year, 13 more than the same period last year,” Constance said. Griffith Classic Motorcycle Club President Barry Day said another area of ​​concern for bikers was the “lack of awareness” of other road users. “Usually a lot of road users are unfamiliar with motorcycles,” Day said. “Other riders are our biggest safety concern, the biggest cause of accidents. It is important that riders be aware that they are sharing the road with motorcycles, there would be half the accidents if riders were aware of motorcycles. ” Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said there was “nothing worse” than receiving the phone call to say that a loved one had been in an accident and was lying on a road . “We need to make sure that we do everything we can to get the runners back home safely to their families at the end of the day,” said Mr. Toole. “This means improving the awareness of other road users, encouraging the proper use of safety equipment, monitoring hazards and obeying the speed limit.” READ MORE Excessive speeding is the main culprit in road deaths, ending the lives of more than half of the fatalities recorded this year. “Please respect the speed limit to ensure your safety and the safety of others on our roads, and remember that you can be caught driving anywhere, anytime,” said Constance. Motorcycle Council of NSW general committee member Justin Dorward said he will be hosting various online activities this month to educate riders and riders on motorcycle safety and awareness. “We encourage all road users to get involved in these activities, in order to better understand their responsibility on NSW roads,” said Mr. Dorward. “We believe it is important to provide this information to drivers and riders to remind them of the importance of being aware of their surroundings and of road safety rules.” For safety tips and information on the risks motorcyclists face on the road, please visit the Ride to Live website at Our journalists are working hard to provide news local and up-to-date to the community. Here’s how to access our trusted content:



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