Road safety and engineering training from saddle

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.

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