Motorcycle safety paramount for WA riders

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21 Apr 2017

On the eve of Motorcycle Safety Week, Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has emphasised the importance of personal protection for motorbike riders.

The Commissioner features in a series of videos that provide step-by-step guides for safe practices for motorcycle riders, including wearing appropriate clothing and fitting a helmet correctly.

The deaths of three riders this year who lost their helmets in crashes has raised concerns about the correct fastening of the safety apparatus.

“One of the essential safety factors about a helmet is doing up your chin strap safely and accurately,” Mr Papalia said.

Pass a double-d chin strap all the way through, fold it back through and do it up. It secures the chin strap and the helmet won’t come off – that’s essential for surviving a crash.

Mr Papalia, a keen motorcyclist himself, will ride to the annual York Motorcycle Festival this Sunday for the launch of the 2017 Motorcycle Safety Week, which aims to strengthen safety awareness for riders and motorists alike.

“There will be hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts in York on Sunday and we’ll take the opportunity to spread the motorcycle safety message,” Mr Papalia said.

“The event also launches the Avon Valley Motorcycle Friendly Towns map, an initiative involving seven local governments that highlights safe motorcycle routes in the area.

“Riders can also participate in safe riding demonstrations, highlighting the skills of counter steering and emergency braking, and a basic motorcycle first-aid course,” Mr Papalia said.

Mr Papalia said a highlight of Motorcycle Safety Week would be a “ride to work” day on Wednesday, 26 April. 

Motorcycle Safety Week runs from 23 April until 29 April 29.


Claire Thomas

0467 802 855

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