The most recent ratified crash data obtained from the Roads and Maritime Services for the past 5 year period (2009-2013) revealed that there were 45 motorcycle involved crashes reported in the Tumut Shire Council area (11% of total crashes).
Of these crashes 89% were injury crashes including 3 fatalities.
Tumut Shire Council recognises the need to maintain an ongoing commitment to reduce the incidence of motorcycle involved crashes across the Shire. To work towards lowering motorcycle crashes in 2015/2016 Council will deliver a motorcycle safety awareness campaign undertaken periodically throughout the peak motorcycle season. The primary aim is to raise awareness relevant to safer speeds, safer travel and safer riding behaviour for all motorcyclists.
As part of the campaign Council will position Variable Message signs (VMS) displaying a motorcycle safety message on identified and popular motorcycle travel routes across the Shire, together with Police enforcement to enhance motorcycle safety.
Council also intends on undertaking audits of motorcycle crash locations for the purpose of potential funding opportunities to introduce motorcycle safety engineering treatments.
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Motorcycling in the Snowy Mountains Region.
The local road network across the 3 Councils of Tumut, Tumbarumba and Gundagai offer an exciting touring route for motorcyclists, linking into the Alpine region. During the warmer months of November through to April there is substantial influx of motorcyclist's travelling through the Snowy region travelling from varying distances ranging from interstate, Canberra, Sydney and other regions nearby and afar.
Over the last 10 years there have been various initiatives undertaken to reduce motorcycle involved crashes. These include the formation of the Snowy Region Motorcycle Safety Group (SRMSG). The group in conjunction with the Motorcycle Council of NSW were successful in obtaining funding from both the Motor Accidents Authority and the NRMA to develop both brochures and a booklet outlining key road safety information relevant for motorcyclists travelling through the Snowy Mountains region as well as maps containing popular motorcycling routes.
The most recent initiative (September 2010) was the development of a brochure targeting the 30 to 59 year motorcyclist ‘Motorcycling in the Snowy Mountain Region.’ 2004 to 2008 RTA crash data confirmed that motorcyclists aged between 30 to 59 years were involved in 82% of motorcycle involved crashes across the 3 Shires of Tumut, Gundagai and Tumbarumba. Of these crashes 95% were injury crashes.
The latest brochure was funded by the Motor Accident Authority and supported by the Motorcycle Council of NSW.
Snowy Mountains Motorcycling Website www.snowymountainsmotorcycleclub.org
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