We need to look after each other after a tragic start to 2019
26 riders have lost their lives on their bikes this year.
Most were licensed to ride, not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and involved in a solo crash. Almost all were men over 40 simply enjoying a scenic ride on country roads.
They may have been riders just like you.
Here’s what we know about the crashes:
Loss of control. The vast majority of crashes appear to be linked with a rider’s loss of control. Often no other vehicle was involved.
High speed. Many crashes occurred on roads with a speed limit of 100km/h or 110 km/h. In some other crashes, speed led to a loss of control.
Victorian motorcyclists. Most people were Victorian residents, and almost all were licensed.
Age group. The majority were aged over 50 years and many were aged over 40.
Safety barriers. Flexible wire barriers were not a factor in any of the fatalities. A traditional guardrail was involved in one fatality.
Other factors. Unlicensed riding, lack of helmet use and lack of ABS are noted as contributing factors in a small number of deaths.
It’s times like these the Spokes community rallies together.
Let’s look out for each other, particularly our mates who don’t ride often.
You can also share free resources like the videos in the links below.
Because there’s a lot riding on how we ride.
Before the Ride
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