Motorcycles

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Learn about the new laws regarding motorcycle lane filtering.

Motorcyclists account for around 10% of all fatalities in NSW. One of the main reasons motorcyclists are killed in crashes is the relatively exposed nature of motorcycles. Motorcycles offer very little protection to the rider in a crash. Motorcycles do not have any "cushioning" to soften the impact of a crash.

Cars, on the other hand, are protected from impact by such factors as the car "shell" itself as well as seat belts and airbags. Cars have windshield wipers to assist visibility in the rain. Cars are more stable since they are on four wheels and their size makes them easier to be seen. Motorcycles offer manoeuvrability, agility and ability to swerve quickly when necessary. However, these very characteristics also make them particularly vulnerable on the roads.

Motorcycle riders are less protected than vehicle occupants and are at risk of more serious bodily injury if involved in an accident, regardless of whether they were at fault.

Severe head and brain injuries often occur in motorcycle accidents and motorcycle riders are 20 times more likely to be killed in a road accident than car occupants.

With motorcycling more popular than ever, saving riders lives and preventing injuries is a critical road safety challenge.

Current campaigns

Ride to live is a NSW Transport campaign developed to help riders manage risks.

The Ride to Live website features hazard tests, interactive maps and tips on a wide range of relevant topics

A Good RIDER is a Good RISK manager

The Rider Risk training video series on YouTube put together for the Motorcycle Council of NSW are an excellent educational tool to help you stay upright. View the cornering video below.


For additional information on motorcycle safety and other areas of interest for motorcycle riders, visit the Motorcycle Council of NSW.

If you would like more information on motorcycle rider safety, please contact Council's Road Safety Officer on (02) 4232 0444.