Motorcycle Safety Week to be launched at York Motorcycle Festival

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia.
Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia.

ROAD safety commissioner Kim Papalia has reminded motorcycle riders to be safe on WA roads ahead of this weekend’s York Motorcycle Festival and Motorcycle Safety Week.

The commissioner emphasised the importance of personal protection for motorbike riders, including appropriate clothing and fitting a helmet correctly.

He said the deaths of three riders this year who lost their helmets in crashes raised concerns about the correct fastening of the safety apparatus.

“One of the essential safety factors about a helmet is doing your chin strap safely and accurately,” he said.

“Pass a double-D chin strap all the way through, fold it back through and do it up. It secures the chin strap and the helmet won’t come off; that’s essential for surviving a crash.”

Mr Papalia, a keen motorcyclist, will ride to the annual York Motorcycle Festival on Sunday for the launch of 2017 Motorcycle Safety Week, which aims to strengthen safety awareness for riders and motorists alike.

“There will be hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts in York on Sunday and we’ll take the opportunity to spread the motorcycle safety message,” he said.

“The event launches the Avon Valley Motorcycle Friendly Towns map, an initiative involving seven local governments that highlights safe motorcycle routes in the area.

“Riders can also participate in safe riding demonstrations, highlighting the skills of counter steering and emergency braking, and a basic motorcycle first aid course.”

Motorcycle Safety Week runs from April 23 to 29.

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