This project commenced with research assisted by RAAG volunteers and TMR in March 2014, grant submission [DTMR Community Road Safety grants, Round 3], submitted August 2014, aimed at funding the instrumented motor cycle to visit Mackay region to assess motor cycle route road conditions.
Vulnerable road users are:
- Older drivers
- Disabled drivers
- New drivers
- Animals – understanding that animals can be unpredictable and may move slowly or erratically.
- Motorcyclists – be aware of their presence on the road.
- Elderly Drivers – be aware that they may be slower to make decisions
- Children – be aware that they are particularly unpredictable on and around roads.
- Pedestrians – be aware of their actions as they cross the road.
- New Drivers – understanding that they may be more hesitant, allow for this and be patient.
- Cyclists – be aware that they may swerve to avoid obstructions and are often affected by weather conditions.
Motorcycles and Cyclists
- Are small and hard to see. Always look out for them at intersections.
- At roundabouts, if a cyclists is turning right, give them plenty of room.
- Never overtake a motorcyclist or cyclists just before turning left.
- If you see a cyclist approach a roundabout in the left-hand lane don’t just expect them to be turning left, they may go in any direction.
- When turning right check for motorcyclists as one may be overtaking you.
- When overtaking a cyclist allow as much room as you would give to a car.
- Motorcyclists wear bright clothing and often use a dipped headlight during the day, as this makes them easier to see.
- When following a slow-moving motorcyclist if you are unsure what the rider is going to do you should stay behind.
- Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable at intersections.
- On an uneven road give motorcyclists extra room as they may swerve to avoid potholes.
- In slow moving traffic, if you intend to change lane you should look for motorcyclists filtering through the traffic.
- A motorcyclist may look over their shoulder when turning right because they need to check for traffic in their blind area.
- Cyclists and motorcyclists are vulnerable in strong winds which can blow them off course. On windy days always allow extra room when overtaking them.