Drive so others survive

Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in Tasmania’s serious casualty crashes.

Despite representing only five per cent of the vehicle fleet, motorcyclists make up approximately 25 per cent of serious casualties on Tasmanian roads.

Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable road users because there is very little to protect them and in the event of a crash, they are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than passengers in a car.

The Full Gear motorcycle training program was launched by Glenorchy City Council and Bucaan Community House in 2017 in response to concerning road safety statistics that showed young

people were over-represented in serious injury crashes and fatalities, as well as community concern about unlicensed and dangerous riding on local streets.

Full Gear was co-designed by young people and encourages participants to engage positively in motorcycle road safety education. In exchange, participants receive help to overcome the cost of obtaining a motorbike licence and associated safety equipment – a common barrier for many young people.

The program, which is for 16 to 24-year-olds, aims to reduce risk-taking behaviours on the road, increase the number of licensed motorcycle riders, improve attitudes to road safety and educate the community.

It covers the cost of the learner licence test and provides participants with up to $400 towards the cost of motorcycle safety gear such as helmets and gloves.

By helping young people get a motorcycle licence, the program gives them the independence to get around without the need to rely on lifts or miss out on opportunities.

It also teaches them how to be respectful and responsible road users and teaches that illegal or hoon behaviour puts everyone’s life at risk.

For more information about the Full Gear motorcycle program, contact Conrad Gilbey at Glenorchy City Council on 6216 6766.

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