Spot ‘Joe Rider’ and win

Published on 11 October 2017

Image of Joe Rider motorcyclist

Local motorists are encouraged to ‘look out’ for motorcycle riders for Motorcycle Awareness Week and by reporting their efforts will go into a draw to win fuel vouchers.

Council is pleased to be promoting motorcycle safety for Motorcycle Awareness Week which will run from 16–22 October. The focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of motorcyclists on local roads and encourage motorists and riders to consider rider safety.

“Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users and riders are involved in a crash the outcome is severe,” Council’s Road Safety Officer Ms Joanne Wilson-Ridley said.

“49 riders from the Queanbeyan-Palerang area were involved in motorcycle crashes on NSW roads from 2012–2016 and approximately 60% of these crashes occurred on roads in our local area.”

“An in-depth study of motorcycle crashes by Austroads in 2015 identified a key theme to motorcycle crashes is the need for motorcyclists to be seen. This project is about supporting our local riders to be safe by asking local motorists to look out for local riders while on the road.”

Local residents can play their part by reporting sightings of ‘Joe Rider’ during Motorcycle Awareness Week from 16-22 October. Joe will be riding the local roads in bright yellow vests with ‘Joe Rider’ written on the back. 

If you spot ‘Joe Rider’, when you reach your destination you can report and register your sighting and go here into the draw to win one of five $50 fuel vouchers. Riders can be spotted during the week in Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood and surrounding roads. 

“We encourage drivers to check their blind spots for riders especially at vulnerable road areas like intersections and roundabouts,” said Ms Wilson-Ridley.

Local motorists who look out for ‘Joe Rider’ and spot other motorcycle riders are encouraged to participate in the campaign. We have a separate prize of a $150 fuel voucher for one lucky participant who reports sightings of motorcyclists on local roads.

The campaign also encourages riders to think about their safety. Council is pleased to be collaborating again with Stay Upright Rider Training, a training facility providing rider training in our area.

Stay Upright Regional Manager Simon McAdie said he was delighted to be working with QPRC to raise awareness of motorcyclist safety with local road user but highlighted the dual importance of motorcyclists riding safely.

“In our training we remind riders of their responsibility to ride to conditions and teach skills to enable them to ride safely and anticipate hazards.”

This October we can all play our part - when driving be aware, look out for motorcyclists and check twice in blind spots for riders. When you reach your destination report your sightings of Joe Rider and you will be helping local motorcyclists ride to live.