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October News 2023

October is Motorcycle / Motorcyclist Awareness Month / Week, depending on where you are.

The campaign in NSW

Organised by The Motorcycle Council of NSW (MCC NSW), every October is Motorcycle Awareness Month. This month is used as a celebration of motorcycling and for drivers to #lookoutformotorcycles.

Each year, several awareness campaigns are used to educate drivers how they can watch out for motorcycles on the road.

The MCC of NSW also organises rides and activities to get riders and their love of motorcycling together.

Events in NSW

  • Ride to Work Week – 3rd October to 6th October
  • Jo/Joe Rider, Sydney – 9th to 13th October
  • Joe Rider, Hunter Valley – 9th to 13th October
  • Ride for Pink, Taree – 15th October
  • MAM Launch and Parliamentarian’s Ride, Sydney – 18th October
  • ChromFest, The Entrance – 28th October
  • Breakfast Torque – 29th October

The campaign in the ACT


There are two events planned during the week. Joe (Jo) Rider will run the full week. We will put out a call for riders to come forward and wear Joe Rider vests for the public to spot and report.

A Motorcycle Riders Forum and Riding Demonstration will be held Sunday 15 October 10am-1pm at the EPIC conference centre. Presentations will be made by AFP, ACT Government, and others. Minister Mick Gentleman, well known motorcyclist, will be opening the event for us. Full programme will be available shortly before the event. This event is funded by the ACT Government Road Safety Fund.

The campaign in Victoria

October is Motorcyclist Awareness Month

With motorcyclist usage growing and motorcyclists being more vulnerable to injury than other road users, saving riders’ lives and preventing injuries remains a critical road safety challenge. Between 2017 and 2021, motorcyclists have accounted for around 16% of road deaths.

That’s why the Motorcycling Community Engagement Panel (MCEP), the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the Department of Transport and Planning and Victoria Police are working together to create more awareness of motorcyclists to keep them safer on our roads.

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As a driver you can:

  • check your mirrors and blind spots while driving,
  • give riders extra space on the roads,
  • give riders space to ride safely.

As a rider you can:

  • choose a position that gives you space from oncoming traffic,
  • wear the best protective gear you can,
  • position yourself to maximise your visibility and vision.

The AMC supports each of these campaigns, and the launch of Motorcyclist Awareness Month in Victoria by Cam Donald was attended by AMC chair Shaun Lennard.

“A key message of Motorcyclist Awareness Month is that it’s more than ‘another rider’ under the helmet. It’s someone’s partner, a parent, brother, sister, son, daughter… The message is very much about sharing the roads – for car drivers to look out for us and to share the roads safely, and for riders to be aware of all other road users and be more aware of your surrounding environment,” Shaun said.
“I really like the interview with Greg Leech and Brian Rix from the launch. You can find it on the InfoMoto Facebook page.

September News 2023

Sam Maddock from MRA SA joins the AMC Committee in 2023.

A few words from Sam

I first started riding motorcycles growing up out on the farm and this later on developed to a great passion for being on 2 wheel machines, so much so that once I was old enough, I got my motorcycle license. Over the years I have been involved with a number of Facebook orientated groups as well as some riding social clubs, however this didn’t satisfy myself enough in doing more to help others develop skills and also raising more awareness of riding safer, not only for the rider’s safety but also the operator of the other vehicle who doesn’t always know your whereabouts.

With this in mind, I got involved with the MRASA Toy Run as a Marshal and I fulfilled this role for a number of years and later on this progressed to joining the MRASA Toy Run Committee and the MRASA Committee where my roles currently are the President and Membership Secretary of the MRASA. I am privileged to be a part of a sensational team in South Australia, whom continue to strive in sending out messages on road safety for fellow motorcyclists and other road users.

I had always been interested in knowing more about the  Australian Motorcycle Council and over the past few months of being a delegate, I have learnt more about what each of the different state or territories guidelines are and how they differ. I look forward to the challenge of making a contribution as a committee member to the AMC.