The risk of motorcycles on NZ roads
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 6:09p.m.
By Amanda Gillies
A motorcyclist killed on a wet Waikato road last night was the fifth person on a motorcycle to die over the weekend.
It was meant to be a Sunday ride on a summer's night, but a sudden downpour caused the motorbike to slide into a barrier. The 40-year-old rider was killed and his female passenger escaped with an arm injury.
Police say riders need to take more care.
“Drive to the conditions, slow down, leave space and just make sure you get home alive,” says Snr Sgt Rupert Friendof Waikato Police.
It's been a horror year for motorcyclists on New Zealand roads. So far there have been 42 fatalities – up 10 on this time last year. And the next few weeks will be the most dangerous.
“Motorcycle crashes tend to peak in the summer months as more riders come out and bring out bikes that may have been in storage over winter,” says national road policing manager Supt Carey Griffiths.
“And they also tend to parallel the number of registrations. There are certainly more bikes on the road, [so] drivers need to keep an eye out for bikes."
The risk of a motorcyclist being killed or seriously injured in a crash is about 18 times higher than for a car driver.
More than half of crashes involving large bikes – 500cc or bigger – are on the open road, and a higher proportion of crashes involving these types of bikes result in death rather than injury.
The increase in casualties coincides with an increase in motorcycle sales that is attributed to higher fuel prices, congestion, environmental awareness and the rise in popularity of motorcycling among older age groups.
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9/12/2012 11:55:38 p.m.
It's interesting that a reason for people riding motorbikes is cheaper fuel prices but the fact is it's often dearer to keep a bike maintained and on the road than it is a car, with the price of registrations, tyre costs (which last a lot less time than car tyres) and the cost of services say every 6000km, all of that makes owning a motorbike too expensive for someone on an average wage
6/12/2012 8:29:40 p.m.
Blackbird Beep wrote:
Bikes 18 times worse off then cars, Thats why car drivers pull out in front of us from a side road while staring straight at you, they know you will do what ever it takes to avoid them, and they also know they are relatively safe in an accident compared to us bike riders.Make everyone ride a motorcycle for a while to learn what its like.
4/12/2012 8:30:14 a.m.
I completely agree with Pete Jenkins. When a cyclist dies through their own stupidity its all hand wringing and wailing but when a motorcyclist dies by someone else's hand - the motorcyclist is blamed.
4/12/2012 2:11:33 a.m.
ROY WILSON wrote:
Hi out in nz im from uk and its the same here, bloody car drivers pulling out every time, oh i didnt see them no because usually on there sodding phone ect we have to go to the ends of the earth to get a full bike liecence, but a 17 year old can drive a ferrari slap l plates on it i with his mate sat along side as he gets out of beb on the morning of his 17th b/day!!!!!!So tell me whos right ?? Simple solution make all drivers go through the full bike test and pass then let them move on to a restricted car ,ajaust watch the death rate drop then,long live bikers
3/12/2012 11:37:09 p.m.
We should probably ban motorbikes, they are too dangerous.
3/12/2012 6:55:48 p.m.
Pete Jenkins wrote:
You should be ashamed. You are blaming motorcyclists and yet of the last 9 deaths on motorcycles 7 are due to bad driving by other motorists. This is not a motorcycle problem. Look out all cyclists! This is bad, senseless driving by tourists, truckers, young idiots in over-powered car crashing into, or turning in front of, vulnerable motorists. It sickens me to hear your reporter mouth glib crap about bikes. Nearly 80% of all bike deaths are caused by car/van/truck drivers. Who the f*** is at fault? Why blame us poor bikers that have ridden for 40 or 50 years and who may get killed tomorrow because some under-trained, inexperienced or whacked in the head idiot drives straight into us. Your reporting is biased, unresearched and disgustingly callous. You should be ashamed!
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