Shellharbour Council launches Survive Ride workshops
Join free workshops available from Wollongong to Bega
Shellharbour City Council is coordinating a series of five free Survive the Ride motorcycle safety workshops across six local government areas and will be available in Shellharbour and Kiama, Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega.
The first workshop will take place at the Shellharbour Civic Center on Saturday, November 12.
The workshops will be presented by David Tynan, a motorcyclist and committee member of the NSW Survive the Ride Association. They are suitable for both beginners and experienced riders.
The workshops will cover:
• Key decisions to manage common challenges for motorcyclists such as cornering, group riding/traffic and staying alert.
• The different elements of riding posture for each type of bike – cruisers, sports, scooters, etc.
• Reduce personal risk, recognize small mistakes and develop a plan to avoid them in the future.
Participants will receive a high-visibility vest, educational material from the Center for Road Safety, snacks and drinks.
According to the NSW Center for Road Safety, between 2016 and 2020, on south coast roads stretching from Helensburgh to Bega, there were 680 motorcyclist crashes with 742 fatalities.
Of these victims, 308 (51.2%) were seriously injured and 19 (2.5%) were killed.
Of all accidents (5,886) on South Coast roads, motorcycle accidents account for 11.5%.
During the same period, motorcycle accidents in Shellharbour accounted for 20.6% (95) of all types of accidents. Male runners represent 70% and 46.5% are between 30 and 39 years old.
Riders are invited to join and collaborate with other champions of change to see how we can each play a part in making riding in Shellharbour and surrounds a safer activity for all.
Survive the Ride of NSW is part of a social movement that encourages motorcyclists to enjoy motorcycling, injury-free, for as long as they want.
Shellharbour Town Mayor Chris Homer said the workshops were a great way to learn about motorcycle safety and how everyone can play a part in creating safer ways to ride.
“These workshops are an opportunity to learn or refresh your safety skills, raise awareness and encourage others you know to play a role in solving this important issue,” Mayor Homer said.
“I encourage members of our community to attend, have conversations and learn how we can create a safer driving experience for everyone,” he said.
To register for one of the five workshops, visit: https://forms.office.com/r/K969WGYZqz or visit the Survive the Ride website: https://www.survivetheride.org/projectsnevents/workshops/