Road safety and engineering training from the saddle

Published on 10 October 2019

Baw Baw Shire Council road engineers have undertaken a unique, hands-on training course designed to raise their awareness of the needs of motorcyclists.

The unique course helps the road design, engineering and maintenance crews see the road from a motorcyclists’ perspective.

This full-day course, delivered by Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd at Quality Motorcycle Training in Yallourn, consists of two components: theory and practical. In the first part of the course the engineers learn about the unique safety needs of motorcyclists and how to design and manage roads for motorcycle safety. In the second part of the course the participants learn how to ride a motorcycle with a Gippsland based licensed motorcycle rider trainer.

Delivered by road engineers that are also licenced motorcycle riders, this course won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2017 for its innovative approach in addressing motorcycle safety.

Over the last five years the police have attended 317 motorcycle crashes on roads within Baw Baw Shire. This includes six fatalities and 126 serious injuries.

Improving road safety for motorcyclist is a key objective in Council’s Road Safety Strategy.

Follow the link to access a full image gallery from the training session.

Quotes attributable to CEO Alison Leighton

“At Baw Baw Shire Council we take road safety very seriously. We are committed to improving motorcycle safety through the delivery of a range of road safety initiatives, including road improvements.”

“We engaged leading road safety consultants Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd to delivery their unique and award-winning Making Roads Motorcycle Friendly course to our engineers to equip them with the skills they need to design safer roads.”

Quotes attributable to Coordinator Infrastructure Delivery Ross Cheesewright

“The training provided a deeper understanding and appreciation for how motorcyclists use the road and how their needs differ to other road users such as car and truck drivers.”

“We learned about the challenges and hazards that motorcyclists face that you just don’t fully appreciate until you get on a bike. Things like potholes, line markings and even leaves on the road affect motorcyclists in a very different way to other road users. We all found the training invaluable and we look forward to improving planning, delivery and maintenance of our road network for the safety and benefit of all road users.”

Quotes attributable to Principal Engineer at Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd Kenn Beer

“Road engineers and maintenance crew have an important role to play in motorcycle safety. This course arms them with the skills and knowledge they need to design and maintain roads with motorcyclists front of mind.”

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Media contacts:

Baw Baw Shire Council
Communications team
5624 2874
Communications@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au

Safe System Solutions Pty Ltd
Dr Tana Tan
0413 607 584
Tana.Tan@SafeSystemSolutions.com.au