Welcome to the site of the Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia.
Please visit our about page for
more information on what the MRASA are about. See latest website updates
Calendars for 2016
Blood Run - 30 July 2016
The next blood run will be on 30th July 2016, departing from Sefton Plaza Shopping Centre, Main North Road, Sefton Park.
Meet at 8.15am for a 8.45am departure for a short run into the Regent Arcade Blood Centre, Grenfell St Adelaide.
Further details on the blood run page.
ICE - This could save your life
In Case of Emergency (ICE) is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters,
and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a working
mobile phone to obtain important medical or support information. The phone entry or entries are intended
to supplement or complement written information in a wallet or on a marked bracelet or necklace.|
The MRASA have recently been made aware of a Council in NSW promoting the use of an information card to
have on your person that can be used by emergency services personnel in the event of an emergency. This
card would ideally be stored in your wallet. If you possess a mobile phone and carry it with you when
motorcycling, the ICE method would fit the same purpose.
To use the ICE method, simply add an entry into your phone contacts. Set the first name to ICE, leave the
surname blank, set the company to be the name of the person and their relationship to you (Mary - Wife).
You can store multiple
ICE entries by giving each a number suffix, i.e. ICE1, ICE2, etc. Emergency services personnel can then
access these entries to find out who to contact in a medical emergency. If you are using an iPhone, you
can simply ask SIRI for your 'ICE contact' and in most cases this will be displayed even without unlocking the phone.
For security purposes, many mobile phone owners now lock their mobiles, requiring a passcode to be entered
in order to access the device. This hinders the ability of first responders to access the ICE phone list entry.
In response to this problem, many device manufacturers have provided a mechanism to specify some text or
an image to be displayed while the mobile is in the locked state. Some devices will let you enter contact
and other information in a 'Medical ID' that can be accessed from the emergency screen of your mobile device.
This method provides additional fields for you to include allergies, medicines and other medical details
that may save your life in the event of an emergency. This information is freely available without requiring
the passcode to be entered. There are plenty of resources on the Internet to guide you through the setup on
your particular device. If you need more information, please Email us via our contacts page.
The MRASA invites it's members, riders and the general public to contact their local member of parliament
regarding the needs of motorcycle riders. We make reference to the current disjointed infrastructure
plans for motorcyclists in Australia. We need the laws to be integrated such that all pieces fit together
smoothly with no disadvantage to others. If anything, the result of a fully integrated policy should be
something far better than if each piece was actioned individually.|
Subjects for integration include helmet laws, filtering, use of bus lanes, applications of Rule 271, helmet
cams, national high standard roads, etc.
The MRASA has put together a document detailing the
2016 election candidates indexed on electoral area.
You can contact them via phone, Email or by letter. The current sitting member is highlighted in the list.
Please download a template document for you to add your details
and send to your local member.
We need to make them aware of our concerns and election time is ideal for this.
Volunteers Day - 13 June 2016
Today is not only the Queens Birthday Public Holiday, in South Australia it is also Volunteers Day.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the incredible people who donate their time and energy to the MRASA.
You make us what we are and we simply would not exist without you.
Phil McClelland - President MRASA
AGV Helmet cut in half - 21 May 2016
Here is a picture of an AGV helmet cut in half, showing how thick the internal padding is. The pictured helmet has
gone through safety tests. The cut away shows
the real working part of your helmet, the main bit that protects your head/brain. The padding and foam compresses
more slowly in an accident reducing the sudden impact trauma to the brain. Unfortunately a visual inspection of
a helmet will not reveal if the padding has been damaged, so if you buy a second hand helmet you may well be buying
very damaged goods which will NOT protect you.|
Credit for the picture goes to Twitter account @HalfPics. Click on the image for a larger image.
Helmet Standards Forum - 19-20 May 2016
Some said last year's Forum at Standards Australia was a farce, yet what resulted was national change to helmet laws
to allow sale and use of ECE 22-05 helmets. This came about through regulatory changes by the ACCC and road authorities,
not from any action of Standards Australia. |
This year's Forum at Standards Australia did its best to disappear down a psychedelic rabbit hole, Standards Australia
again pointing out that the solution was not with them. The problem remains regulatory, with road authorities seeking
amendment of AS/NZS 1698, to turn it into an in-service regulation to control use of helmets. This approach is wrong-headed
and has already shown problems.
Road authorities need to sort out a consistent single national road rule with in-service regulations for helmet use
based on evidence and current safe practices (e.g. dark visors in daytime). In service regulations are to address
issues like drilling holes in a helmet, crash damage and any other issues that may compromise a helmet.
Several participants seemed to be hypnotised by cameras on helmets. We had the FUDs of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt,
speculations and secret testing, but no actual evidence of an injury problem. Some statements made on this subject were not credible.
The majority of helmets into the future will be ECE 22-05. Some helmets will still require AS/NZS 1698:2006, but there
is no technical need to amend the helmet or visor standard for these. What is needed is improved point of sale
surveillance of helmet certifications for all standards.
Many voices were heard, some sensible and some seeking commercial advantage. Rider representation was solid,
with CJ Burns (MCC of NSW), Wayne Carruthers and myself making the case for a nationally consistent, sensible
and understandable road rule. Again, the heavy lifting will be done by those quietly doing the ongoing and
consistent work of state and territory based rider organisations co-ordinating through the Australian Motorcycle Council.
Guy Stanford - MCC of NSW Delegate, AMC Helmets Committee Chairman
ECE 22.05 helmets now legal in South Australia - 29 April 2016
Last week the MRASA executive met with Minister Malinauskas to among other things, finalise our recommendations
for the changes to motorcycle helmet laws in South Australia. Today the Minister has issued a news release on
the changes to helmet laws, which are outlined in the Government Gazette 2016_024 pages 1313 to 1314. A copy
of these documents will are provided below.|
Key points in the changes are the introduction of the ECE 22.05 standard, the removal of the provision allowing a
bicycle helmet to be used by a motorcycle passenger if under the age of six years, and the removal of outdated
British Standards and Japanese helmet models all pre-dating 1988.
The MRASA would like to thank the minister for implementing these changes, and all others who have provided input,
including those who facilitated the changes to Australian consumer law to allow helmet laws to be amended.
News Release by Minister Malinauskas.
Two pages from the Government Gazette detailing the changes to law.
MRASA meet with The Hon Peter Malinauskas - 22 April 2016
On Friday the 22nd April MRASA Representatives Ebi Lux and Phil McClelland met with The
Hon Peter Malinauskas MLC, the Minister for Police, Correctional Services, Emergency
Services and Road Safety. The MRASA was invited to discuss issues relevant to motorcycling
in South Australia. It was a productive meeting and we appreciated the opportunity to
explain some of issues being faced by the 170,000 licensed riders in South Australia.|
Here is a meeting report.
We endeavor to represent issues for all South Australian motorcyclists, let us know if you have any other
issues you wish to raise.
Motorcycle Reference Group (MRG)
The MRG met on 7 April 2016,
view the MRASA April 2016 report on the Latest News Page.
View the MRASA April 2015 report.
SA Helmets Laws Changing - 8 March 2016
The MRA is pleased to inform you about changes to the helmet regulations for South Australia.
The Honourable Minister Peter Malinauskas has published a Media Release included below.
The Media Release states that ECE22.05 standard helmets will soon be able to be worn by
motorcyclists in South Australia.|
The MRA has been in close consultation with DPTI over the past few weeks regarding the
finalisation of the changes to the helmet laws in South Australia. Due to the restraints of
ministerial protocol, we apologise to our members for not being able to inform you of this information.
This follows an article in the newspaper today indicates Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas will announce
changes to helmet laws, which will then be put to Parliament.
Please note that the changes to regulation 51 in the Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations
2014 have not yet been formalised and it is still illegal to use ECE 22.05 standard helmets on
our State's roads at this time. Another announcement about the date of the legislation's
commencement will be made as soon as that date is known.
Please read the Media Release published today.
Kangaroo Creek Dam Safety Upgrade - Now until Dec 2018
The MRASA would like to advise users of Gorge Road there will be increased construction traffic and
temporary speed restrictions or road closures between Batchelor Road and the reservoir lookout.
There will be frequent truck movements around site access points including slow moving construction
traffic. Movements will generally be undertaken Monday to Friday 6am to 5pm, and Saturday 6am to 2pm,
until December 2018.
How Protective is Motorcycle Gear - 25 March 2016
On Tuesday 29th March 2016 at 8pm, the ABC TV program Catalyst aired a segment on motorcycle protective
clothing, view the trailer. The catch line is 'And
how protective is safety motorcycle gear anyway? Mark Horstman lays his body on the line.'|
Dr Liz de Rome and Dr Chris Hurren have been interviewed for the program and the MCC has given permission
for clips from the Rider Risk videos to be used.
You can live stream it on ABC iView while it is still available.
Dirt Road Riding Course in South Australia - March 2016
The MRASA is pleased to announce a new dirt road training course in South Australia. We have
been successful in organising a practical hands on course instructed by an experienced motocross
specialist. The first course is scheduled for the 19-20 March and is booked out. Both the MRASA
and the instructor will review the first course and then plan additional courses. The first
course will be held at the Crystal Brook Motocross Club, other locations may also be considered
for future courses. Contact our road safety officer to register your interest in future courses.|
Update - The course was a great success, enjoyed by all, at a great venue with an excellent
instructor. We will post the date for the next course as soon as it comes available.
ACC Motorcycle Footpath Parking Trial - Feb 2016
From Monday 15 February 2016, the Adelaide City Council is trialling motorcycle and scooter parking on
designated footpath areas to cater for existing parking demand, and to also encourage more people to
come into the city by motorcycles and scooters. The two locations selected (pictures in linked article) are:|
- Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga (north-west corner)
- Light Square / Wauwi (western side, just south of Currie Street)
Victoria Square - photo taken Monday 21 March 2016 at midday
Q. How will motorcycle and scooter riders access the designated trial parking areas?
A driveway access point is located adjacent to the designated motorcycle trial parking area in Light
Square to assist with safe access, and will not impact on pedestrian movements. The Victoria Square trial
location has a service road, which will be used by motorcyclists to access the parking area. Motorcyclists
are not under any circumstances permitted to ride along the footpaths.
Q. How will the motorcycle and scooter areas be designated?
Motorcycle and scooter riders can only park in the designated footpath areas. Signs will delineate
the area where you can park your motorcycle. During the trial period any motorcycle or scooter found parked
outside the designated footpath area may be issued with a $91 fine in accordance with Australian
Road Rule 197. Fines may also be issued by SAPOL, which would attract an additional $60 victims of crime levy.
Q. Will there be interactions between people riding motorcycles or scooters and pedestrians?
The locations selected for the trial do not require motorcycles or scooters to cross footpath areas or
pedestrian desire lines. Unlike the recently changed laws regarding riding bicycles along footpaths, riding
a motorcycle or scooter on a footpath is an offence.
Q. Will the parking be free, and will there be time limits imposed on the parking?
During the trial, the motorcycle and scooter parking will be free, consistent with all other on-street
motorcycle and scooter parking in the City of Adelaide. There will be no time limits during the trial, but
this may be reviewed in the future as part of a broader on-street motorcycle parking review.
Here is the complete and official ACC motorcycle parking publication
provided to MRASA. For more information contact the Adelaide City Council Customer Centre
on (08) 8203 7203.
Update - 30 June 2016
The Adelaide City Council have issued a media release announcing 3 more locations for free parking in the
Adelaide CBD. These are in designated areas on Hindmarsh Square, Grote Street and Wakefield Street. 46
additional spaces are now available for motorcycles and scooters. Depending on the outcome of the trial,
more locations may be considered. Link to
media release on ACC website or in
PDF format. Link to ACC Motorcycle Parking page.
Motochat on Coast FM 88.7 - Feb 2016
The MRASA would like to thank Adelaide's Coast FM 88.7 for the opportunities to be a guest
speaker on the weekly 1 hour radio show. Motochat is hosted by Geoff Groth and Dave Gabel and airs from
9am Sunday mornings. The MRA has been represented by a number of our committee over the last few months and
is pleased to be associated with other clubs and guests on the show. We thank Dave and
Geoff for their enthusiasm and energy to bring this to the motorcycling community. You can
tune in or stream it to your computer by clicking on the link on the
Coast FM home page.|
Motorcycle Parking on Footpaths Trial - Dec 2015
The Adelaide City Council has requested staff to investigate and trial motorcycle and
scooter parking on designated footpaths areas to cater for existing parking demand,
and to also encourage more people to come into the city by motorcycles and scooters.
Riders should take note that the consultation period concluded on 30 November 2015.|
The Council has been working with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
and SA Police (SAPOL) to setup the trial, given it is not currently practiced in South Australia.
More information is available from the Adelaide City Council webpage.
Melbourne City Council Transport Strategy
The Melbournce city Council has released a document outlining their strategy that sets new
key directions and policy targets to address the anticipates city growth of Melbourne to 2030.
It takes into account the significant changes in transport policy and strong growth in public
transport use, cycling and walking since the 2006 transport strategy as well as moving
people and freight. Here is a link to the complete document.
First Aid Course for Motorcyclists
A specialised first aid course for motorcyclists will be held in the Auburn Institute (Clare Valley)
on Saturday 5th March 2016, and again on Saturday 29th October 2016.
Other dates include Saturday 12th March 2016 and Saturday 5th November 2016 at Flagstaff Hill.
This half day training course has been developed specifically for riders. You will learn vital skills and
knowledge needed to provide immediate roadside first aid and effectively manage the accident scene until emergency services
arrive. Training is delivered by highly qualified experienced first aid instructors who ride.
The course has been purposefully scheduled from 11:00am until 3:30pm to allow plenty of time to get there and back
in a day, so why not organise a few other riders and make a group ride out of it. For bookings call 0408 956 435.|
Further details on the presenters website.
First Aid For Motorcyclists 612 ABC Brisbane Radio Interview.
Returning Rider Course Announced - 15 September 2015
The MRASA is pleased to inform you the Minister for Road Safety has announced that the Rider Safe Returning
Rider Course will be available from 26 September 2015. The Rider Safe Returning Rider Course is a voluntary
course tailored for motorcycle licence holders who wish to refresh their riding skills. The course will be
conducted primarily at the St Agnes and Murray Bridge Rider Safe training ranges with country courses operating
subject to demand.|
The MRASA has been a strong advocate for this course for many years. We have worked to put this on the
Government agenda for a long time, years of efforts have finally come to fruition.
Motorcycle riders may be at greatest risk of being involved in a crash when they resume riding after an extended
period of not riding, particularly if they are riding a more powerful or different style motorcycle than the one
they used to ride in the past.
Although the number of motorcyclist serious road casualties has shown a downward trend, each year motorcyclists
have become a larger part of serious road casualties - up from 11% in 2005 to 17% in 2014. It is likely that
some of the people seriously injured were returning riders.
The course covers issues such as safe braking and cornering techniques, hazard perception, protective clothing,
vehicle technology such as Antilock Braking Systems and responsibilities regarding carrying a pillion passenger.
The course is conducted over half a day at the department's Rider Safe motorcycle training ranges and costs $116.
Here is a link to the
Minister's news release.
Here is a link for
more information about the about the Rider Safe Returning Rider Course.
ACCC on Consumers' right to choose their Motorcycle Insurer - August 2015
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is contacting motorcycle publications
and associations to inform them of a recent ACCC decision, and to provide advice for purchasers
of motorcycle insurance. The ACCC letter is summarised below.|
The ACCC wishes to inform and encourage consumers to shop around for finance and insurance when
purchasing a motorcycle to ensure that they make an informed decision that best suits their needs.
Consumers are under no obligation to purchase insurance from their motorcycle dealer, and are
advised that purchasing insurance online or over the phone may be cheaper than what is offered
at the point of sale.
Crime Stoppers Phone-in Day - 15 April 2015
Profit-motivated theft - where a vehicle is stolen and never recovered - affects hundreds of
South Australians every year. It's great to see theft numbers slowly declining and new
technologies being introduced to make it harder for thieves, but it is also important that we
help tackle this important issue.|
In 2013/14, there were 8,217 motorcycles stolen across Australia. Just 43% were found and
returned to their owners, meaning motorcycles had the lowest recovery rate of any vehicle type.
And in South Australia, it is thought that nearly 300 motorcycles were stolen and converted to
profit through re-birthing, sale of parts or scrap metal, because these bikes were never recovered
and the thieves never caught.
The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is partnering with Crime Stoppers SA to put
the spotlight on profit-motivated vehicle theft, culminating in a dedicated phone-in day on
Wednesday 15 April 2015.
Keep an eye out for further updates about the campaign, but if you do know anything about
motorcycles stolen for scrap or parts, then call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the
Crime Stoppers Website.
Information can be provided anonymously and rewards are available.
Bikers A-Z Survival Bible
This book offers the rider and the prospective rider an insight into motorcycling as a whole, and
includes essential topics such as safety apparel, road awareness, motorcycle maintenance, tyres,
pre-ride checks, insurance and gaining knowledge about riding in general. It covers all aspects
from the basic commute to the hardened rider doing the big kilometers.|
The focus is on safety and awareness as there are too many motorcyclists losing their lives due to
basic errors. A lot of this knowledge is never acquired or is gained too late to help riders make
calculated decisions which could save their lives.
The book is structured to enable the rider to learn the basics before they ride and get themselves
into trouble. Basically, if you know what to look for you can take the appropriate action to
prevent an accident.
An important example of this could be developing a 'sixth sense' which will assist you in evaluating
and assessing different situations as or before they arise. If you think something is not right then
take the necessary steps to address the issue, perceived or real.
If you are interested in finding out more, including buying the book, please visit
Steve Lamberts website.
Book by Jeff Fereday - Random Lines
The book written by Jeff Fereday is a collection of 'Random Lines', columns written for
'Two Wheels' magazine by the late Jeff Fereday. The book contains 56 columns, many are
laugh-out-loud funny. Some are philosophic, others melancholic. Most are pretty anarchic and downright cheeky.
It is available in hardcopy or digitally (E-book), at the
Random Lines website. A sample chapter
named 'Rabble Without a Cause'
is available to read online.
MRASA Tips for Riders - 29 July 2014
MAC will be promoting a campaign in early September to coincide with the winter lay-off riders
returning to the road - the 'seasonal riders' whose skills may be rusty or lacking. The MAC asked
our road safety officer Neville Gray to provide '10 top tips' to go on their website and to be
possibly promoted through other media.|
- Look for other road users that are not looking for you. Ride conspicuously and never in blind spots. Never assume that the other vehicle will stop.
- Riders, unlike car drivers with aids such as air bags, collapsible steering columns and the stability of four wheels, only have their hazard perception and avoidance skills and their protective clothing to make them safer.
- Always wear good quality protective clothing from your head to your feet. Protect your extremities with helmet, gloves and leg and arm protection in all weather conditions.
- Most cars can stop quicker than most motorcycles especially in emergency situations. Therefore always keep a 3 second gap to the vehicle in front of you.
- Always perform a head check before changing lanes. Just looking in your mirrors is not good enough.
- It is vital to ride at a speed to suit the prevailing conditions. In bad weather, this could mean at a speed under the posted speed limit.
- Riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs is plain suicidal. You need all of your faculties at a high level to successfully ride a motorcycle.
- Don't forget the safety of your pillion as well as your own. They too need good protective clothing and be informed about the dynamics of a motorcycle and know how to assist by being a good pillion.
- Never lend your motorcycle to riders who are unlicensed or inexperienced.
- Intersections are high risk areas. Slow down when approaching an intersection and be ready to avoid a possible collision.
We welcome all interested people to attend our General Meetings. See the Meetings page for
more details. MRASA Committee & General Meetings are held at the hall of Motorcycling South Australia, 251 The Parade Beulah Park.
We have posted a few new items on the Links page, including a link to the LAMS approved motorcycle list,
and a link to the World Health Organization global road safety report 2013. Use the About menu above or
access the Links page here.
Motorcycling Fact Sheet - Roadworthiness
We are providing a copy of the Motorcycling Fact Sheet as
published by the DPTI (formerly DTEI) for the benefit of members and the motorcycling public.
Our aim is to publicise a readily available document in the interests of ensuring our
members understand the minimum requirements for their bike to be roadworthy. If by following the
guidelines a member finds their bike needs work, the potential saving is about $500 ($350 fine for
riding an unroadworthy vehicle and at least $150 fee for the inspection to certify the defect has
been fixed) and then there is the demerit points and possible time off work to attend the assessment
to be considered as well.
Toy Run 2015 Major Partner
Motor Accident Commission was the Major Partner of the 2015 Toy Run.|