With six motorcyclists killed, and a further 43 seriously injured on Waikato roads already this year, Waikato has been named the most dangerous place for motorcycling in New Zealand.
ACC and the Waikato Regional Council are desperate to bring the numbers down.
“Since 2014, there have been more fatal crashes involving motorcyclists in the Waikato, than anywhere else in the country,” says Waikato Regional Council Road Safety Co-ordinator, Monique Haines.
They want riders to ensure they’re ready to take on challenging rides, and are encouraging Waikato riders to take up skill training, such as ACC’s “Ride Forever” programme.
Monique adds, “Waikato’s ‘Reduce the Risk’ road safety group is currently subsidising the cost of Ride Forever training, giving Waikato riders the chance to take a course for free.”
ACC Motorcycle Programme Manager, David Kielty, says, “As the weather gets warmer, we’re going to see an increasing number of motorbikes out on the roads. It’s a good time to remind other road users to keep an eye out for motorbikes—they can surprise drivers who are used to looking for larger vehicles.”
Not much is free these days. A free course that could save your life, sounds like a no-brainer. Interested riders can visit www.reducetherisk.co.nz for more information.