Event promotes safety of motorcycle riders

Ride to live . . . Automobile Association motorcycle training instructor Daniel Love leads a Motorcycle Awareness Month event, as rider AJ Todd gets his motorcycle checked at VTNZ in central Dunedin on Sunday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A shout was on for motorcycle riders in Dunedin on Sunday.

Automobile Association motorcycle training instructor for Otago and Southland Daniel Love, of Mosgiel, said riders who attended an event at VTNZ were offered a range of free goods and services.

VTNZ automotive technicians gave free safety checks of motorcycles, police officers served a sausage sizzle and the Dunedin City Council paid the registration fee for any rider signing up for Ride Forever coaching courses at the event.

“There’s a lot of positives here and no negatives – it’s great.”

The courses were open to riders of any motorcycle but the hope was to attract men aged 45 years and older, who were disproportionately represented in crash statistics.

“We don’t bounce like we did when we were babies and take a bit longer to fix,” Mr Love said.

The amount of money the ACC paid in claims for crashes involving motorcycles was “astronomical”.

If someone took a course they were 27% less likely to make a claim, so the training was a “win-win” for everyone.

The event on Sunday was part of Motorcycle Awareness Month, which was held in September because it was the start of the riding season.

The key message of the month was for drivers to “look twice” at intersections and before changing lanes.

In 2017, motorcycles were involved in 10% of crashes and 16% of road deaths despite making up only 3% of road users. More than 30 riders had died on New Zealand roads this year.