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Warmer weather brings riders out of hibernation

The spring weather has arrived, particularly in the southern half of WA, prompting a warning for motorcyclists, cyclists, drivers and other road users to share the roads responsibly.

29 Oct 2018

Motorcycle Riders Association of WA President Dave Wright has encouraged all motorcycle riders to book in a lesson or two to brush up on their skills.

“Even if you have been riding for a while, it’s important to get those skills back to where they were before taking your motorcycle out,” said Mr Wright.

“Riders also need to anticipate what other road users might do, as drivers may not see you in their mirrors, so cover your brakes and be ready to take evasive action.”

A timely reminder for drivers to ensure they give a safe passing distance to cyclists who may also be enjoying rides in the spring weather.

Bicycle riders are some of our most vulnerable road users, as they have less protection than motorists and are more likely to be injured if there is a crash.

A driver of a motor vehicle must pass a bicycle travelling in the same direction at a safe distance, being:

* 1 metre on roads where the posted speed limit is 60 km/h or less;

* 1.5 metres on roads where the posted speed limit is more than 60km/h.

The safe passing distance law allows drivers to cross centre line markings, including single and double continuous white lines and painted islands, to give the correct amount of space to the cyclist, but only when it is safe to do so, and when the driver has a clear view of oncoming traffic.

The penalty for contravening this law is $400 and 4 demerit points.

Acting Commissioner of Road Safety Iain Cameron called on all road users to share the roads responsibly as the weather warms up.

“Spring is here, which means more families out riding their bikes, people taking weekend drives to the hills or country areas, and of course motorcycle riders dusting off the bike,” said Mr Cameron.

“It’s up to all of us to share the roads responsibly, abide by the road rules and be courteous to each other, as we want you to enjoy the beautiful weather, but arrive home safely at the end of the day.”

Check out our motorcycle safety videos and our cyclist safety page for more information on riding safely.

For more information on the safest motorcycle clothing and protective gear visit the MotoCap website and to choose the right helmet according to Australian standards visit the CRASH website.

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