Young motorcyclists encourage community to look out

4 September 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on Young motorcyclists encourage community to look out|

“SORRY mate, I didn’t see you.”

Young motorcycle riders say it is a phrase too often muttered by motorists after a crash or near collision.

Frustrated young riders, who recently obtained their motorbike licenses through the Full Gear Program, decided to address the issue by organising a week-long safety campaign to raise awareness of motorcyclists on Hobart’s roads.

Full Gear is a program for young people aged between 16 and 24 that reduces risk-taking behaviours on the road.

The program is a partnership between Glenorchy City Council and Buccan House, with funding from State Growth’s Road Safety Grants Program.

Glenorchy City Council acting community development coordinator Elisa Ryan said 28 young people had now obtained their motorbike licences through the Full Gear motorbike safety program.

“Our five most recent graduates were last month recognised at a presentation at Bunnings Glenorchy as part of this new awareness campaign launch,” she said.

“Between 8–14 September, young motorcyclists will wear vests with ‘Full Gear Rider’ written on the back while riding around Hobart streets.

“We ask all road users in our community to look for Full Gear Riders and log their sightings by emailing Glenorchy City Council for a chance to win a $200 prize voucher.

“Based on and supported by the ACT Motorcycle Riders Association Joe Rider campaign, Full Gear Rider reminds motorcyclists to take responsibility for their safety on the roads – stay visible, be predictable and ride to the conditions.”

Supporters include Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania, Mission Australia and Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania.

More information on how to report a Full Gear Rider sighting will be available on Glenorchy City Council’s website from 6 September 2019.

Caption: Full Gear Riders, from left, Matthew Waters, Bucaan Community House assistant manager Linda Kemp, Ben Coleman, Lyndon Bell-Black, Kaine Thorpe and Glenorchy City Council acting community development coordinator Elisa Ryan.

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