A nationwide survey has been launched by ACC, NZTA and the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC), aiming to identify New Zealands most popular riding routes. According to MSAC chair Mark Gilbert, the findings will be used to ensure efforts to improve motorcycle safety are targeted towards the routes motorcyclists ride: Right now 48% of serious and fatal crashes involving motorcyclists occur on just 3% of the road network. We hope that making changes to those pieces of the network that present the most risk will go some way to reducing the toll.
As part of this work ACC and the Transport Agency will be looking at how and where to effectively use things like safety barrier under-runs, post protectors, and better signage for motorcyclists. They will also investigate improving some road surfaces depending on the nature of the risks.
Some of the work identifying the sections of road that are the highest risk to motorcyclists has already been done. The results are on the RoadSafety Risk website:
Pilot schemes along the popular Coromandel Loop and on the Rimutaka Hill Rd north of Wellington (shown) show the sort of improvements that can happen. If you want the roads you ride to be part of the picture take the survey before it closes on 18 November. You can access the survey from the home pages of these websites:
Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council