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ON MOTORBIKE There is no limit to what you can see and do in


ON MOTORBIKE There is no limit to what you can see and do in

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            T   here is no limit to what you can see and do in
            the Shires of Yarra Ranges and Murrindindi. Events
            happen all year round. Enjoy all the natural
            attractions, local features, outdoor activities, diverse
            arts and crafts, festivals, musical and cultural events
            changing with the seasons.
            This brochure has been produced to give you
            important safety information that will help make
            your visit a safe and enjoyable one.

            Crashes do happen. Far too many motorbike riders
            are killed or seriously injured each year in our
            Shires. In the period 1996 to 2000 there were 667
            reported casualty crashes involving motorcyclists in
            the Shires of Yarra Ranges (511) and Murrindindi (156).

            Local Crash Hotspots
            A detailed examination of local crashes involving
                                                                                        A combination of dry and wet areas on the roads due                N painted lines particularly when wet become
                                                                                        to varying weather conditions can make driving more                   slippery and dangerous.
            motorcyclists over these five years indicates:
                                                                                        challenging and road conditions unpredictable -                    N pot holes and uneven surfaces can throw the
            N over 70% of crashes involve the motorcyclist                              particularly for motorcycle riders.                                   bike out of control.
                losing control.                                                                                                                            N shiny bitumen is very slippery and especially
            N around 55% of these crashes happen on curves.                             Road Conditions                                                       dangerous in wet conditions.
            N around 40% of all crashes involve another
                                                                                        Changes in road condition affect motorcycles more                  Riders are at great risk when loose surfaces are
                                                                                        than cars. Riding needs to be adapted to suit new                  met unexpectedly. After road maintenance or
            The reasons for these crashes are many and include                          situations and to deal with hazards – such as:                     resurfacing, there may be areas of deep gravel
            inappropriate speed, road conditions, rider fatigue                                                                                            or a build-up of loose stones. On winding roads,
            and unroadworthy motorbikes.
                                                                                        N loose surfaces like dirt or gravel make the bike                 gravel build-up can occur over time.
                                                                                           harder to control.
                                                                                                                                                           This can lead to increased hazards on curves.
                                                                                        N road edges can be broken and affect motorcycle

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