Road resurfacing: It's time to establish a safer way

Road resurfacing: It’s time to establish a safer way

by Malcolm Cumming from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Road authorities and their contractors are leaving large areas of loose gravel on road surfaces for too long after they repair roads. The debris, which can stretch out for the entire width of a road and be metres long, is often left for several days before a contractor returns to sweep it away.

While this may not be a hazard for other road users, such as cars, trucks and buses, it’s incredibly dangerous for motorcyclists and has caused serious injuries to riders. Riding over such debris has been described as being equivalent to riding over a tub full of marbles—that is, impossible.

Unsafe practices lead to serious injuries

A client of ours, Simon, was riding his bike on a country road that had been resurfaced. The workers had left a large area of loose crushed rock—about 70 square metres—on the road, which caused Simon to come off his motorbike. After rolling 15 metres from his motorbike, he suffered significant injuries, including major concussion and a badly injured arm, clavicle and shoulder, resulting in memory difficulties and months off work.

The state of the road was to blame for Simon’s injuries.“The police officer said the accident was 100 per cent caused by the road being in disrepair and an independent witness said the same thing,” Simon explains.

If a road is left in a state that is undoubtedly and inherently dangerous for motorcyclists, then there’s a liability for the damage that comes from this.

“There is no roadworks practice that allows you to place loose gravel on the road without an alternative route or appropriate traffic control,” says Simon, who has professional insight from his work as a civil engineer.“I am motivated to bring about change to this sort of practice. I don’t want contractors to do this again.”

It’s time to establish safer practices

If leaving loose gravel on road surfaces is necessary for the road repairing process, the roadway needs to be very carefully managed. This could include temporary traffic lights, manning of the hazard or, at an absolute minimum, there needs to be careful and appropriate signage so that motorcyclists know they’re approaching a hazard.

Roadworks contractors also have an obligation to provide a safe alternative route for all road users. It would appear, however, that there are other options to leaving roads in an unsafe state.

We’re advocating for those involved to stop this practice. Whether it’s a deliberate policy or road contractors taking shortcuts, we need to get to the bottom of why it’s happening and how we can stop it from happening. There are better ways that don’t include leaving roads in an unsafe state for motorcyclists.

Malcolm Cumming is a principal and the office leader in Maurice Blackburns Ringwood office.

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Contact your local council if you see roads that need fixing or repair.

 

Nepal Earthquake Relief ... One year on

It’s been a year since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The situation is dire, but one fact remains: the people are strong and incredibly resilient.

On Sunday 31st May 2015 The Bikers Guide Australia organised the Ride For Nepal. About 50 riders all enjoyed a fun ride from Spadille Cafe & Garage down to Fremantle up the coast and across to The Brown Fox for lunch all in the name of charity. Thanks ever so much everyone. We are eternally grateful for your presence and your donations and the fun we had raising $1160 which was donated to the people of Nepal via a B1G1 project.

Click here to see how B1G1 assisted and the need for sustainable growth.

B1G1 is The Bikers Guide Australia’s giving back partner. A portion of all advertising and banners and eventually paid memberships will go towards supporting micro projects all around the world.

Creating more than 70 million smiles around the worldWorthy causes

To find out more about B1G1 Click on the logo below

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MotoGP dates released

The FIM and Dorna are pleased to confirm that the FIM Grand Prix World Championship calendar for 2016 is now final.

Round Date Grand Prix Venue
1 20/03 Qatar* Losail International Circuit
2 03/04 Argentina Termas de Río Hondo
3 10/04 Americas Circuit Of The Americas
4 24/04 Spain Circuito de Jerez
5 08/05 France Le Mans
6 22/05 Italy Autodromo del Mugello
7 05/06 Catalunya Barcelona-Catalunya
8 26/06 Netherlands TT Circuit Assen
9 17/07 Germany Sachsenring
10 14/08 Austria Red Bull Ring – Spielberg
11 21/08 Czech Republic Automotodrom Brno
12 04/09 Great Britain Silverstone Circuit
13 11/09 San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
14 25/09 Aragon MotorLand Aragon
15 16/10 Japan Twin Ring Motegi
16 23/10 Australia Phillip Island
17 30/10 Malaysia Sepang International Circuit
18 13/11 Valencia Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo

* Evening race

For full details click here

Stoner returns to Ducati

Casey Stoner took to the track this morning at Sepang for his first test on the new GP16 machine. He will complete two days of testing today and tomorrow, ahead of the first offical pre-season test, which starts on Monday.

While rumours abound that he will return to MotoGp this year, Casey said he has made no decision as yet.

“Ducati want me to do wildcards and I’ve got options whenever I want, but at this point we have made no decision. I’ll see how the tests go and hopefully I can get some test time on a grippy track that’s race-ready.”

“My main focus is testing and to work on the development programme to get Ducati back to winning races.”

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Aussie Toby Price wins Dakar Rally!

Toby Price has become the first Australian to win any category of the gruelling Dakar Rally, taking out the motorcycle division in this year’s race just three years after a broken neck threatened his future in the sport.

BIKES – OFFICIAL PODIUM
1. Toby Price
2. Stefan Svitko +39’41”
3. Pablo Quintanilla +48’48”

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“I don’t know what to say, I don’t know what to think, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet – I’m just stoked to be here to finish and to finish first. Thank you for my family and friends and everyone back home in Australia for their support it has been amazing. I can’t thank the KTM Factory Racing team enough for all their efforts, 2 years ago I never would’ve thought I would be doing this, to finish is a win in itself but to be standing on the Dakar Rally podium is unbelievable” – Toby Price

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Ride for South West Fire Relief

On Sunday 17th January the Motorcycling Community once again showed their support and compassion for those in need. The Ride for South West Fire Relief was organised by Keith from On Two Wheels TV to help the poor buggers doing it tough down South, the people of Yarloop, Waroona and other towns affected by the recent bushfires.

Here’s what Keith had to say after the event:

What can I say, thank you thank you thank you, what a day.
Ok down to business here it is.
$12,315.75
That is the total raised on the day, includes 1000 dollar cheque and cash from Ulysses Joondalup, $250 from a collection tin in spinnakers in Mandurah.
A big thank you goes out to the following:
Sunbreakers restaurant in Mandurah, Gayle ,Don and all their staff.
Mean Machines Morley.
Kerri from Laubman and Pank in Warwick.
The Military Brotherhood.
Ulysses WA.
Rogue Motorcycles.
Everyone who donated goods for the auction.
All the guys and gals helping us out today especially Peter Palfery, the two dan’s and their girlfriends, Richard for driving the camera/auction car.
Finally everyone of you that came and donated money for a great cause, it’s hard to put into words but the site of all those bikes was moving, the motorcycle community is an amazing brother and sisterhood of people brought together by the love of two wheels, oh sorry and three wheels as well.

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