Source: Whangarei District Council
Updated: 23/08/2019 9:37 a.m.
As the days start to lengthen and warm up, motorcyclists looking to head back out onto the road are invited to an event on the Canopy Bridge at Whangarei’s Town Basin on 7 September.
Supported by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) RideForever rider training programme, the Motorcycle Safety Day aims to make sure riders’ are “Ride Ready” with their motorcycles and gear in tip top condition before heading out on the road at the end of a winter spent inside. Plus a reminder to other motorists to “Look twice for motorcycles”
Up for grabs on the day will be a Helite “Air Jacket” which inflates on impact, along with opportunities to view motorcycling gear and motorcycles from local motorcycle and power sport dealerships. A Niken three-wheeler motorbike will be there to inspect, Dr Chris Hurren of the Australian Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Programme (MotoCAP) will be presenting, opportunity for riders to sign up to take their riding to another level with the Ride Forever trainers and there will be barbecue food and coffee to add to the atmosphere for riders and motorcycle enthusiasts on the day.
The Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC), Northland Regional Council (NRC), the Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) incorporating the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) NRC, Whangarei, Kaipara and Far North District Council’s transport arms, and RoadSafe Northland are all backing the event, along with members of the NZ Police Road policing, and St Johns motorcycle teams.
NTA Manager Calvin Thomas said Northland’s warmer climate meant the riding season started earlier in the year than in some parts of the country.
“People and their gear might be a bit rusty, so this is a time when riders can be vulnerable on the road. We want to see as many as possible head back on the road safely, and to come out of this this season and, many more, alive.”