Let’s keep motorcycle riders safe: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has urged drivers and motorcyclists to take extra care, after it was revealed motorbike riders were three times more likely to die on Queensland roads.

The Courier Mail reported motorcycles made up less than five percent of registered vehicles, yet riders accounted for nearly 20 percent of the 247 road deaths recorded in Queensland last year.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said motorcyclists were some of our most vulnerable road users.

“Motorcyclists don’t have the same physical protection as drivers and, sadly, they’ll always come off second best in a crash with a car,” Mr Spalding said.

“This means riders need to do their bit to protect themselves on the roads. This includes wearing quality safety gear, making sure they’re visible to all road users, and riding to the conditions.

“Motorcycle riders should also consider taking a refresher training course because it’s never too late to learn new skills.”

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Mr Spalding said motorists also played an important role in motorcycle safety.

“We need drivers to think about what they can do to help reduce the number of motorcycle fatalities,” he said.

“It’s about giving space to motorcyclists, double checking your blind spots, particularly when changing lanes – because a side-swipe into a motorcycle can have deadly consequences for the rider.”