Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Rimutaka Hill motorcyclists encouraged to attend skills day

Rimutaka Hill motorcyclists encouraged to attend Martinborough skills day

Motorcyclists who ride regularly on the Rimutaka Hill Road are encouraged to attend a skills and safety training day in Martinborough this Sunday 9 February.

“This is a great opportunity for experienced riders to refresh their skills and maybe learn something new, and of course it would be beneficial for new riders,” says Susan Hutchinson-Daniel, the Regional Council’s motorcycle safety coordinator.

“Professional motorcycle trainers from Roadsafe Motorcycle Riding Techniques Ltd will take motorcyclists through a set of challenging exercises and answer any riding questions. And there’s also an opportunity to learn some basic maintenance to keep you riding safely.”

There are spot prizes to be won and all participants go in a draw for a $200 voucher for motorcycle gear.

Motorcycle skills training in Wellington region is supported and sponsored by ACC, the NZ Transport Agency, local councils and Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Susan Hutchinson-Daniel, the Regional Council’s motorcycle safety coordinator, says skills training was identified as a priority by motorcyclists who took part in a ‘Safe Ride Rimutaka’ consultation last September.

“We spoke to 170 riders from six motorcycle clubs in the region about how we could reduce the injury crash rate for motorcyclists on the Rimutaka Hill Road.
Crash statistics for Rimutaka Hill Road show that between 2007 – 2012 (2013 results are still being finalised) 84% of crashes involved riders losing control on a bend, 76% of crashes happened on a weekend, and 89% of crashes happened when the road was dry.

Consultation participants suggested a range of actions that motorcyclists, clubs, police, NZTA and other agencies could do to make the Rimutaka Hill Road ride safer. Suggestions included motoryclists attend rider skills training and be proactive about reporting hazards on the road. Clubs could ensure that bike maintenance is included as a regular part of their programmes and could discourage close formation group riding on the Rimutaka Hill Road and similar routes. Police patrols travelling over the road could report any hazards and spills for prompt response and police could investigate the use of cameras for enforcement of drivers who cross the centreline. Councils and other agencies could develop campaigns encouraging other road users to be aware of motorcyclists.

In addition, participants suggested that NZTA could undertake a range of measures: provide more vehicle bays and slow passing lanes, and install more signs about slow lanes, keep a watching brief on trials of motorcycle-friendly barrier designs in New Zealand and overseas; progressively improve the quality of the road surface, plan for longer term reconstruction work to correct camber and alignment issues and work with partners to develop guidelines or regulations that will prevent unsuitable heavy vehicles from using the route.

Since the consultation, the Transport Agency has installed several signs including “Stopping Bays” to encourage slower vehicles to pull over. It’s about to commence detailed design on the remaining sections of the hill that require roadside barriers for installation later on this year.

The Transport Agency is also investigating the speed limit over the hill with the intention to reduce parts of the route to a safer speed limit and is investigating the installation of electronic weather activated speed limit signs.

The Martinborough skills training will run on Sunday 9 February from 9am – 1.30pm in Texas Street (just off The Square). To register and for more information, contact: Bruce Pauling tel: 06 377 1379 or email: rsmanager@wairsc.org.nz
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.

To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.

National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

'Safe To Re-Enter' - OIA Docs: Safety Is Absolute Priority At Pike River Mine

“We understand that the time it is taking to complete our evaluation of the risks is frustrating for the family members and we are trying to complete this work as quickly as we can,” Ms Dunphy says. “It is Solid Energy’s responsibility to make this decision and we will do so, once we have all the information required to make a fully-informed decision.” More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news