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									                                                                                                 Media Release
                                                                                               Friday, 6 May 2011


Good gear is worth the investment for motorcyclists
No matter what you ride – from scooter to superbike – good protective gear is an investment too
important for motorcyclists to ignore.

While they make up one per cent of road users, motorcyclists account for about 16 per cent of road deaths and
22 per cent of injuries.

To help ensure motorcycle and scooter riders have the right gear to protect them against serious injuries, an
update of The Good Gear Guide has been released this month by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), an
independent advisory group of community leaders and road safety experts.

According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, 224 motorcycle riders were killed
in road crashes in Australia in 2009.
      Young riders are particularly at risk, with those aged 17 to 25 years accounting for 19 per cent of all
         motorcycle deaths in 2009.
      Returning riders, generally those over 45 years old, are also a key reason for the upward trend in rider
         deaths.
      There are more motorcyclists on the road than ever before. In 2009, there were 624,090 registered
         motorcycles in Australia, an increase of 58 per cent since the previous motor vehicle census in 2004.

NRSC Chair Roger Cook said that wearing the right gear could make the difference between a nasty tumble and
injuries that prevented motorcyclists from ever riding again.

“The proportion of road crashes involving motorcycles is a huge concern in Australia. Many of these crashes
result in preventable injuries that we can do something about. One study recently found that of riders who had
injuries, 7 out of 10 could have been reduced or even prevented by the right gear,” Mr Cook said.

“Safety gear not only prevents serious injuries in crashes but it can improve your enjoyment of the ride by
protecting you from flying insects, stones and debris, as well as protect from elements such as cold, rain and
heat. All these elements can pose risks as they cause distraction, fatigue and dehydration.”

10 Golden Rules
The Good Gear Guide outlines „10 Golden Rules‟ that provide standards that all motorcycle riders should know
when investing in riding gear. The Guide also provides detailed descriptions of the benefits of using the safety
gear and tips to know what to look for when buying jackets, pants, boots, gloves and helmets.
“Every rider, either casual or serious, can use this guide to improve their riding comfort and potentially save them
from preventable injuries. Taking regular breaks and refreshing skills with training will further help reduce injury
risks,” Mr Cook said.

Mr Cook said that motorcycle safety and using appropriate protective gear was a top priority for the Council. “It is
the reason why we have been working with state and territory governments and major motorcycle companies to
facilitate the distribution of this booklet across Australia,” he said.

To obtain a copy of The Good Gear Guide, visit http://nrsc.atcouncil.gov.au/current_projects/good_gear.aspx or

     Write to:      National Road Safety Council Secretariat, Department of Infrastructure and Transport
                    GPO Box 594, CANBERRA, ACT 2601
     Email:         nrsc@infrastructure.gov.au
     Phone:         02 6274 7230



Media Contact: Sally Fraser, Cox Inall Communications, T: 02 8204 3889 M: 0418 690 698




About the National Road Safety Council
Appointed by the Australian Transport Council in November 2009, the National Road Safety Council is an
independent group of opinion leaders made up of road safety experts and community leaders.

The Council‟s role is to drive community discussion and to raise potential road safety initiatives that will assist
Australia move closer to its road safety targets. The ultimate goal of the NRSC‟s work is to help deliver on and
implement the new National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, currently in development.

The six areas of most concern to the NRSC include:
     Alcohol & drugs
        Fleet safety (including heavy vehicle fleets)
        Indigenous road users
        Motorcyclists
        Speed
        Young drivers

National Road Safety Council Members
Mr Roger Cook AM, Chairman, Motor Accident Commission, South Australia
Ms Ann Bunnell, Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ms Freda Crucitti, Immediate Past President, Australian Automobile Association
Mr Wayne Gardner AM, Former world motorcycle racing champion
Dr Soames Job, Director, NSW Centre for Road Safety, Roads and Traffic Authority
Professor Ian Johnston AM, Deputy Chairman, National Transport Commission
Emeritus Professor MaryAnn Bin-Sallik, Former Dean, Indigenous Research and Education, Charles Darwin
University

								
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