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MO Tested: NUVIZ Head-Up Display Review

9 Jun , 2017,
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When did you buy your first smartphone? Were you in line with me on the first day of iPhone availability, or did you wait until the platforms multiplied and matured? Where are you on the early adopter curve? Do you relish the bleeding edge, or do you prefer to let someone cut a trail for you? I ask this because we’re at a similar juncture in motorcycling. The NUVIZ head-up display (HUD), the first HUD built specifically for motorcycling, is hitting the market, and the way we gather information while riding a motorcycle is about to change. Are you ready to jump in?

For those who are unfamiliar with HUDs, they are a means of delivering information via a translucent display which allows the rider/driver/pilot to view information without looking away from the road. The technology has been used for decades in fighter jets and more recently in cars in which the data is projected onto the windshield. The challenge for motorcycling has been the location of the rider’s eyes inside of a helmet and not behind a fixed windshield.

NUVIZ on helmet

There’s no ignoring the NUVIZ’s size, but it packs a ton of technology. Although the translucent prism looks like it could interfere with the rider’s line of sight, it fits nicely just below the rider’s primary field of vision.

The NUVIZ unit attaches to the chin bar of a rider’s helmet, placing the translucent optical prism housing slightly below the rider’s right eye. The location of the prism is below the main field of vision, keeping it from blocking the rider’s primary view, but enabling the rider, with only a slight tilt of the eye, to view a virtual screen which appears to float 13 feet ahead. Compared to the traditional location of instruments on the motorcycle dash or handlebar, the amount of eye movement and refocusing required to view the screen is minimal – and this is the real benefit of a HUD. Before delving into the advanced information features, let’s just consider the act of checking the speedometer, where the NUVIZ HUD takes the rider’s eye off the road for a significantly shorter time and requires no movement of the head.

The 800 x 480 pixel viewer currently delivers information via five different screens which are controlled by a little remote mounted to the left handlebar. All of the screens show the time in the top right corner and the NUVIZ battery status in the bottom right. The screen you’ll probably use the most is the Speedometer which shows the current speed in large numbers in the center of the screen. Above the speed, the speed limit is shown. If you’re exceeding it, a red circle surrounds the speed limit, giving an instant visual which can also be augmented by a warning sound set to a user-preferred amount over the posted limit – a boon when you’re on unfamiliar roads.

NUVIZ remote

The NUVIZ remote (top) can be mounted on multiple bikes via the included hardware. The buttons on the left correspond with the icons on the left side of the screen. The central toggle switches between screens with short flicks, while long presses control the speakers’ volume.

A quick flick down on the remote’s toggle switches to the Maps screen where you’ll be given the same speed information at the top of the screen. If you’re following directions, you’ll also see which way your next turn will be and how far. At the bottom of the screen, the distance remaining and time remaining are shown. The central map’s level of zoom can be set to the rider’s preferences by the remote.

The next flick down on the remote brings up the Rides screen where the rider’s saved routes can be shown – along with gas stations. Choosing a route is a simple click or two away, and once selected will be shown on the map. When entering new routes or the address of a destination, the NUVIZ smartphone app provides an interface that is much more flexible than the screen on the HUD. The app also allows riders to access photos captured by the included camera while riding, and view ride statistics. Future capabilities can be added to NUVIZ through a software update function within the app.

NUVIZ rendered POV

This POV rendering shows how the NUVIZ screen is unobtrusive until the rider glances at it. This map screen delivers the motorcycle’s speed, the speed limit, how many miles until the next turn, the current time, and the fact that video has been recording for 23 seconds – all without visual clutter.

The Music and Phone screens are accessed with the same toggle, and they show song/artist information and caller/number data. Both of these fields can be delved into deeper through button clicks to select songs or address book entries, but we recommend pulling over first.

Those aren’t all of the NUVIZ’s features, though. A camera capable of 8 megapixel stills and 1080p 30fps video resides on the bottom of the optical housing. The camera itself is ball-mounted, allowing for it to be adjusted to give the correct view for how the unit itself is mounted to the rider’s helmet. As with the other functions, the camera is controlled via a dedicated button on the control unit, with a short press taking a photo and a long press starting/stopping video recording.

NUVIZ still photo

Here is an example of a photo captured on a ride with NUVIZ. Click on the image to see it in a higher resolution. Look under the MO logo to see the thumb triggering the camera.

Using the NUVIZ only took a couple hours to become familiar with the controls. As with all GPS devices, it takes a little while to accustom the eye to reading the visual language that the manufacturer has created, but I quickly adapted to the NUVIZ. After previously using only voice prompts for navigation when riding, having a map within an easy glance is quite helpful when getting from one location to the next in an urban setting. Although I did wish that the voice prompts included the street name, it is available at the bottom of the map screen. On longer rides, the listing of mileage to the next turn helps to pass the time. Since I spend tons of time on short hop errands where I know where I’m going, the speedometer screen is my most commonly used view, and I’ve quickly grown to depend on it. Additionally, having the name/number of incoming calls appear before my eye makes it easy to decide if I need to take it or can wait until I get home.

Up until this point, I’ve avoided the elephant on the chin bar because I wanted to address what are the strong points of this new technology, but now we need to consider the NUVIZ’s size. For some people, the 5.8-in. x 2.3-in. main body (3.9 in. tall on the optical housing) will be a deal killer. Yes, the unit is large. However, at speed, the wind resistance isn’t any more pronounced than mounting a GoPro off the side of a helmet. I’ve noticed a little more wind noise at highway speeds, but since I wear ear plugs on the open road, this isn’t a problem. Around town, I don’t experience any difference in how my helmet feels. For those who worry about the effects of crashing with the NUVIZ, it is designed to tear away on impact, thanks to very shallow mounting screws.

NUVIZ mount

With the purchase of accessory mounting kits, owners can mount their NUVIZ to all of their helmets.

Why is the unit so big? One reason is the large, replaceable 3250-mAh battery. (This capacity is claimed to deliver 8 hours of light use and 3.5 – 6.5 hours of heavy photo and video use.) The other reason is that a ton of functionality is packed inside the unit. The housing contains an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, barometer, magnetometer, accelerometer, camera, plus Bluetooth and wifi connectivity. Since this is a first-generation product, I expect it to get smaller over time. However, users won’t be limited to just the feature set that comes with the NUVIZ. The company has already promised to update the unit to include communication features by the end of the year. (As it stands, you can connect it via Bluetooth to Sena and Cardo devices.)

As an admittedly tech-focused user, I’m heaping a bunch of praise on the NUVIZ, but it’s not without flaws. The boot-up process takes a while and requires input from the remote to begin regular function. My workaround for the lengthy startup time is to quickly press the power button to turn off the screen and save battery when I’m only going to be off the bike for a bit, like when going into a store. Once I’m ready to ride again, the screen pops to life immediately when I press the button.

NUVIZ action shot

This photo gives a good representation of how the NUVIZ prism is under the rider’s primary view but easily seen with just a small shift of the eyes.

My biggest complaint about the NUVIZ has nothing to do with the HUD. Unfortunately, the sound level from the helmet speakers is too low to be easily heard at highway speed – particularly if you are wearing earplugs, as all riders should at those speeds. Around town the level works fine, but I have trouble hearing the directions above 65 mph. Usually, I can hear that directions are being given, so I simply glance at the screen to get the information. However, with all the focus on the device’s technology, this is a surprising oversight. Perhaps replacing the speakers/microphone with a third party set would solve the problem. For best audio performance, mount the speakers so that they are lightly touching your ear just over the canal.

NUVIZ is off to an impressive start with this first-generation implementation of HUD technology for motorcyclists. The visual display of information is top notch – particularly with the auto-dimming feature for varying light conditions. The functionality is clearly based on the essentials. Bells and whistles, like the communicator function, can be added via software update in the future. The video function is good for riders who like to record dash cam footage of their commutes or hero videos of their canyon exploits. The still camera produces crisp, well-exposed photos. Both the stills and the video display the quality one would expect from a sensor that small, making them comparable to many smartphone cameras.

The music and phone functions appear to be well thought out, though the microphone’s noise canceling is merely average compared to the quality of systems like the Sena 20S. Still, the heart of the NUVIZ is its display and how well it delivers the information a rider needs with the smallest change of eye position.

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The price for NUVIZ is a hefty $699. To me, that’s not surprising. Most tech fans are used to paying the early adopter tax frequently required of first-generation devices. In the future, I’m sure that the price – as well as the unit’s size – will shrink, but we’re not there yet. I firmly believe that, as the technology evolves, HUDs will become increasingly common for motorcyclists. For now, we have NUVIZ as the first company to hit the market with a motorcycle HUD. And it’s pretty dang cool! In a few years, we’ll look back on this moment as the dawn of a new technological era in motorcycling. I’m in. Are you?

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MRAQ Update about what has been happening.

31 May , 2017,
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The MRAQ would like to thank the Queensland Minister for Transport Mark Bailey for making time is his busy schedule to arrange a meeting with himself and other department heads to discuss our concerns on the matters of finalising the last item in the revised helmet rules, improved clarification of side filtering, possible alteration to allow some provisional riders to filter and an improved access to road data.
The Association is continually working on behalf all Queensland riders and trusts that the arguments put forward will bring about beneficial improvements.
Further updates on these and other matters will be notified as they progress.
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Motorcycle Riders’ Association of Queensland
 
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SMART Rider Program to help you improve your on-road skills within the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas.

11 May , 2017,
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Whether you ride by yourself or with a group of friends, motorcycling should be fun.

But too many riders are being hurt on our roads, and it doesn’t have to be that way.

Many more have close calls and some just don’t feel comfortable or confident enough to enjoy their riding experience.

Good riders constantly work to improve their skills. They’re also able to spot risks on the road before they become a problem.

That’s why Motorcycle Life, together with the Australian Road Safety Foundation, has created the SMART Rider Program to help you improve your on-road skills within the Gold Coast and Brisbane areas.

The SMART Rider Program will help you to identify risks, give you strategies to avoid them and to make better decisions on the road.

Decisions that will make your riding far more enjoyable … and help to keep you safe.

And with improved skills and better decisions, you will also find that your confidence in dealing with situations on the road is better as well.

Whether you’ve been riding for a while, you’re just new or coming back to riding after a long break, the SMART Rider Program will help you to be a better rider.

Check out their website 

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Brisbane City Council falls short of delivering promised CBD motorcycle bays

27 Apr , 2017,
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Brisbane City Council’s commitment to replace motorcycle parking bays lost to the Queen’s Wharf development is behind schedule with just over a third of the bays delivered.

On February 7 the council revealed four priority sites across Brisbane CBD to add 94 motorcycle parking space by the end of that month – North Quay (37), Albert Street (10), Kurilpa Park at South Brisbane (24) and William Street, between Elizabeth Street and the Victoria Bridge (23).

But, to date, only 33 of those spaces have been delivered.

 

 

The council submitted a development application for the 24 bays at Kurilpa Park on April 24, almost two months after the bays were supposed to be in use.

That application will now go through approval stages, including being opened for community feedback, before the work can commence.

The council’s infrastructure chairwoman Amanda Cooper said the spaces at Kurilpa Park were still planned and the council received ownership approval from the State Government in April.

Further, the spaces proposed for North Quay had increased to 46 spaces between Tank and Turbot streets and were currently in the details design stage, with 15 pending state approval.

“Our on-street parking and footpath spaces have always been highly sought after and therefore council balances the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, buses, taxis, commercial vehicles for allocation of spaces,” Cr Cooper said.

“Council has been advised by the State Government that over half of the of all motorcycle spaces removed during construction will be returned following completion construction of Destination Brisbane, with just 90 permanently removed.

“In preparation for the raft of changes that has come as a consequence of this major CBD State Government project, council has identified an additional 250 potential motorcycle spaces, which in some cases will be located on State Government land and will require owner’s approval,” she said.

Motorcycle Riders Association Queensland president Chris Mearns said the council indicated to them some bays had been replaced, but said it was nowhere near what was lost and had created enormous frustration amongst riders.

“It has an enormous impact, the amount of motorcycle parking bays that are available in and around the CBD basically get taken up by about 7am,” Mr Mearns said.

“Its been an ongoing issue for quite a long time that just gets worse because more people are buying, registering and using motorbikes… but then they are forced to try and find the appropriate parking.

“Most of what you see is an expression of frustration in not being able to find satisfactory or sufficient motorcycle parking.

“If you’re going to park legally you’re then forced into paying carparks, which is certainly not a cheap option even for a motorcycle.”

Mr Mearns said there had been suggestions for Brisbane to follow a motorcycle parking scheme similar to Victoria where motorcyclecan park on the footpath under certain circumstances in the CBD.

“It doesn’t particularly work in Queensland because the amount of footpath width in our [Brisbane] CBD does not match the footpath width in Melbourne CBD,” he said.

“Therefore they can’t really allow it as it doesn’t leave enough footpath width for pedestrians.”

Brisbane resident and motorcycle rider Jaimyn Mayer said the loss of parking bays on William Street resulted in an overflow of the bays on Gardens Point Road.

“This is no where near enough parks to accommodate the large amount of students who ride to uni or work in the surrounding areas,” Mr Mayer said.

“These zoned spaces fill up very quickly and it’s hard to find a park when you need one.”

Mr Mayer said riders had resorted to parking on a clear patch of land near the parking bays and that the council’s decision to fine these bikes for illegally parking instead of providing the desperately needed bays was revenue raising.

‘They’re probably making more money fining the 30-40 people a day a hundred dollars each than they would by putting more parks there,” he said.

There are currently 145 designated free parking bays on Gardens Point Road.

In February the council listed Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point campus as an area for future motorcycle parking locations but have not released details as to where, how many or when parking bays would be installed there.

“Council will continue to progress works on identifying locations for other motorcycle parking spaces in the city,” Cr Cooper said.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/brisbane-city-council-falls-short-of-delivering-promised-cbd-motorcycle-bays-20170426-gvsqzh.html

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How To Accelerate Your Motorcycle Skills – To Infinity And Beyond

21 Apr , 2017,
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 How To Accelerate Your Motorcycle Skills – To Infinity And Beyond

What’s the difference between the average Joe rider and VR46?

We all steer, brake, throttle, lean, look …

Everyone has arms, legs, brain …

So why are some riders better than others?

Apart from fitness, riding motorcycles is all in your head and here’s why.

 Does Your Ambition Outweigh Your Talent

The first thing is to be honest with your ability.

Here lies a big problem, because humans are programmed with a cognitive bias.

Unskilled riders can suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability much higher than is true.

This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their incompetence.

In English please …

Many unskilled riders think their skill level is much higher that reality.

Say thanks to Dunning-Kruger for the scientific evidence and be honest with yourself.

You may be significantly more unskilled that you perceive.

 Training

Road riders need good skill to ride safely and proficiently, reducing the chance of a panic reaction on the street and racers need high skills to win!

If you are a road rider think about this, nearly half of motorcycle crashes on the road are single vehicle accidents.

This means riders are crashing all by themselves.

A small-unexpected trigger such as gravel, an oncoming car across the white line, riding too hot into a corner … often leads to a panic reaction making a minor problem into a big problem which could have been avoided with higher skills.

The rider often lacks adequate understanding of their own limit and the limit of their bike and tyres.

Its way too easy, to get a motorcycle license and getting your license is only the beginning of your journey.

Plus, having higher skills would almost certainly help you avoid other typical crashes involving cars.

Check out the typical skills gap of licensed riders to proficient riders below.

(Data from motoDNA Riders Academy, QLD, Australia)

 Training Environment

Practice in a controlled environment where you can make mistakes with low risk.

Hint, this is not on public roads.

I’ve been through that and trust me it’s a whole world of pain or worse.

Now, most controlled environments tend to be race-tracks.

This clearly doesn’t mean that all training at these venues is for racing – duh.

I hear a lot of BS about “that’s just for racers” normally from the small minded and training companies that only train on the open road.

The importance of practicing in a controlled environment is even recognized by government these days with Queensland’s new pre-learner course now part of the licensing process.

Think for yourself, benefits of training on a track are plenty.

One way, no furniture, no police, heaps of space and no speed limit in a fun and engaging environment with other like-minded folks.

On the track you can run wide, you can run off line and over shoot corners without too much of a problem and you are learning by making small low risk mistakes.

On the road you cannot afford to make any mistakes.

 Find A Ride Hacker

A coach’s job is to inspire, guide and nurture you safely through your riding journey.

First thing, what’s your coaches safety record?

I’m amazed at the attitude of some trainers that you need to crash to learn?

This is rubbish.

A good coach can spot a rider trending towards a crash and bring you back on track with the correct attitude and techniques for your ability.

But to get good you need a coach that understands flow.

 What is flow?

The Psychologist Csikszentmihalyi describes flow as an exhilarating feeling of transcendence.

You trust your skills and ride intuitively without worry or doubt; resulting in feelings of joy and effortlessness.

Flow is the ultimate performance state where you feel and perform at your best.

To achieve flow a person’s body or mind need to be stretched in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.

Flow appears between boredom and anxiety in what scientists call the flow channel – the spot where the task is hard enough to make us stretch but not too difficult enough to make us snap.

You don’t need to be the best rider in the world to experience flow but you do need to overcome challenges to achieve a sense of mastery in your riding.

The coach’s job is to guide the rider through this flow path, balancing out the challenge to skill ratio.

If the challenge is too low you won’t achieve flow.

You will also not increase your skill and you will stay in your comfort zone.

If the challenge is too high, you will make mistakes, be inconsistent and at a higher risk of crashing.

The trick is to ride slightly outside your comfort zone, increasing your challenge in 5% steps.

Then practice riding at this new level until it becomes intuitive.

This could be increasing your braking performance, leaning the bike over further than you have done before, lifting your eyes to improve vision or increasing your precision and consistency.

Your skill level has now gone up by 5%.

Everyone is different and some riders improve quicker than others, but a good coach can help you find your unique access points into flow which helps play to your strengths also creating more fun with your riding.

So stop spending large on the bling and go faster bits, when the biggest performance gains come from investing in the spacer, you know, the one between the handlebars and seat.

Hack Your Ride

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Think you can speed safely? Think again.

23 Mar , 2017,
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Think you can speed safely? Think again.

A new Easter road safety campaign is urging drivers to rethink their speeding habits on Queensland roads.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the campaign – ‘Let’s change the way we look at speed’ – highlights the dangers of low-level speeding.

“Around half of all speed-related crashes which kill or seriously injure people on our roads happen at just 10km/h or less over the speed limit,” Mr Bailey said.

“Speeding contributed to nearly a quarter of the road toll last year, but many motorists still think they can speed safely.

“The new advertisement shows how everyday people can be adversely affected by speed through one wrong choice on the road.

“It challenges viewers to change the way we look at speed by showing the negative effects of speeding from the different points of view of those involved.”

Mr Bailey said the campaign will run for three weeks throughout the busy Easter school holiday period.

“We know the Easter holidays are a busy time on Queensland roads, with many families driving to their holiday destinations,” he said.

“Unfortunately, when we see an increase in traffic, we often also see an increase in the number of crashes on our roads.

“More than 250 people lost their lives on Queensland roads last year. They aren’t just statistics – they are loved ones.

“I urge all motorists to put safety first every time they get behind the wheel – especially during the Easter holiday period.

“There are no excuses for speeding. It is up to all of us to take responsibility for our driving behaviour if we want to prevent these avoidable tragedies.”

Mr Bailey said the campaign was part of the Queensland Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, which aimed to drastically reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on state roads, and included 57 initiatives totalling more than $500 million to be implemented over two years.

The ‘Let’s change the way we look at speed’ campaign includes television and radio commercials, online/digital advertising, outdoor billboards, regional press advertising, a strong social media presence, and a comprehensive speed section on the Join the Ride to Save Lives website.

For more information about the campaign, visit www.jointhedrive.qld.gov.au

Tips to stay safe on the roads during the Easter period:

– Plan ahead to avoid driving after drinking – organise a lift, catch a cab or public transport, designate a driver or stay at a mate’s place.

– Never use your phone while driving – it is little different to driving drunk.

– Don’t rush – stick to the speed limit and allow extra time for your journey.

– Get a good night’s sleep before you hit the road and make sure you take regular breaks on long trips – fatigue kills.

– Always buckle up.

– Drive to the conditions – increase your following distances and drive slower than the signed speed limit if stuck in bad weather (or delay your trip until the weather clears).

– Download the new QLDTraffic app for the most up-to-date traffic and travel information.

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/3/23/think-you-can-speed-safely-think-again

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RACQ joins Ride to Work Day

28 Feb , 2017,
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The RACQ is supporting the first annual Ride to Work Day tomorrow (March 1, 2017) organised by the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland.

RACQ technical and safety officer Steve Spalding, a Suzuki Bandit owner and frequent motorcycle commuter, says he hopes the ride will alert motorists to the number of riders on the road.

“These Ride to Work days also help raise awareness of motorcycles on the road and remind other road users to think about their safety and give them a safe space in city traffic,” he says.

“It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of motorcycles as an option for commuting where parking cost savings can be made.”

RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding takes Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey for a ride on his Bandit

RACQ spokesman Steve Spalding takes Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey for a ride on his Bandit

Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says riders are “often overlooked or ignored” when it comes to seeking solutions to transport issues.

“For every motorcycle or scooter that is used instead of a car there is a space saving on the road and a fuel use reduction of approximately 50% which results in a considerable positive outcome for the issues of congestion and pollution,” he says.

He hopes that message will be delivered to the authorities by establishing Ride to Work Day as a major event in coming years.

Several other states have Ride to Work days and the MRAQ used to organise an event more than a decade ago. Now Chris wants to resurrect the event.

He says this year will be a “soft start”, but he hopes it will be “bigger and better in coming years”.

Chris says now is a good time to kickstart Ride to Work Day as Queensland recently celebrated the second anniversary of the introduction of lane filtering.

He says the the MRAQ was “heavily involved” in having the welcome legislation introduced.

“So there is even more benefit now to making a motorcycle or scooter the means of transport to work due to our ability to move through road congestion more swiftly,” he says.

Ride to Work even if you work from homeRide to work day MRAQ

Motorbike Writer works from home, but will ride into Park Rd tomorrow morning in support of rider/commuters, regardless of the weather conditions.

If you work from home, too, you are invited to join us for coffee and a chat.

Motorbike Writer believes that more riders visible in commuter traffic might encourage motorists to see us and/or leave a gap for filtering.

Who else plans to ride to work tomorrow? Please share this article with your friends and encourage them to join you.

https://motorbikewriter.com/racq-joins-ride-work-day/

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Motorcycle and scooter riders urged to ride to work

23 Feb , 2017,
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Queensland riders are being urged to ride to work next Wednesday (March 1, 2017) in an effort to re-establish the annual Ride to Work Day and raise awareness among motorists of motorcycles and scooters.

Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland president Chris Mearns says riders are “often overlooked or ignored” when it comes to seeking solutions to transport issues.

“For every motorcycle or scooter that is used instead of a car there is a space saving on the road and a fuel use reduction of approximately 50% which results in a considerable positive outcome for the issues of congestion and pollution,” he says.

He hopes that message will be delivered to the authorities by establishing Ride to Work Day as a major event in coming years.

Several other states have Ride to Work days and the MRAQ used to organise an event more than a decade ago. Now Chris wants to resurrect the event.

“As this is the first year we are attempting this, we are only going with a very soft start with the intention to get it bigger and better in coming years,” he says.

“Accordingly, we are only promoting it through social media with the intention for this year that it be just an awakening.”

Chris says now is a good time to kickstart Ride to Work Day as Queensland recently celebrated the second anniversary of the introduction of lane filtering.

He says the the MRAQ was “heavily involved” in having the welcome legislation introduced.

“So there is even more benefit now to making a motorcycle or scooter the means of transport to work due to our ability to move through road congestion more swiftly,” he says.

 

Ride to Work challenge to all riders

So, next Wednesday, we want to see as many riders as possible riding into work on their motorcycle or scooter.

We often complain motorists don’t see us or leave a gap for filtering … well now is a chance to make our numbers known.

It might be difficult because of forecasts for rain next week, but Motorbike Writer challenges you all to suit up and ride with pride!

Who plans to ride to work next Wednesday? Please share this article with your friends and encourage them to join you.

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New QLDTraffic technology lets you check, plan, go

21 Feb , 2017,
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A new traffic and travel information system has been launched to help more Queenslanders better plan their journey before hitting the road.

Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey launched QLDTraffic at the Brisbane Traffic Management Centre today, which will replace the old 131940 website.

“Our new system will provide dynamic and real-time travel information through a new website and smartphone app, as well as a phone service and on social media,” Mr Bailey said.

“We’ve listened to Queensland motorists and considered their needs in developing simple, intuitive tools to share vital traffic information.”

On the refreshed QLDTraffic website, users can view all available traffic information on both an interactive map and filterable list.

“Motorists can plan their journey by address or popular location names and select their preferred route based on multiple travel modes, estimated travel times, and live traffic information,” Mr Bailey said.

“Users can also filter traffic information by event type such as crash, flooding, roadworks or hazard, while looking at active and future events.”

Mr Bailey said the updated technology, including the new app, would be helpful during the upcoming Easter holiday period.

“QLDTraffic displays alerts and warning messages about incidents impacting a particular road, area or region, and allows you to view live traffic camera feeds.”

The new smartphone app is a response to continuing growth in smartphone access to the QLDTraffic website and its predecessor, 131940.qld.gov.au.

Mr Bailey said the QLDTraffic app provided users with personalised push notifications for important traffic alerts that affect their favourite routes and places.

“It also lets us reach out to drivers about nearby traffic alerts in a safe way by giving them audio notifications while they’re on the road,” he said.

QLDTraffic data is updated in real-time and around the clock by state traffic management centres and other trusted partners.

“Our information is based on intelligence from members of the public, Queensland Police and our emergency management services, the RACQ and other Government agencies, just to name a few,” Mr Bailey said.

“As soon as we get verified information about traffic incidents, we will share it with motorists via our website and app, the 13 19 40 phone service and our Twitter feeds.”

“We also support the private sector in producing traffic services, having offered our live information as free, open data.

“This is all about delivering great services for Queenslanders and responding to their expectations for a safe and efficient transport network.”

QLDTraffic is the State Government’s official service for accurate and timely traffic information, helping Queensland motorists get to their destination safely.

Visit https://qldtraffic.qld.gov.au/ , download the QLDTraffic app, follow us on Twitter or call 13 19 40 to check and plan before you go.

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/2/21/new-qldtraffic-technology-lets-you-check-plan-go

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On-Road Motorcycle Rider Training Program Returns To the Gold Coast

16 Feb , 2017,
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There have been plenty of calls in recent times for an affordable road based rider training program to be re-introduced on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Rising crash rates and increased injuries and fatalities in the region have created concern among both authorities and rider groups.

As fatalities in the region reach numbers not seen in almost 10 years, the Australian Road Safety Foundation and Motorcycle Life have joined forces with the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast to develop the SMART Rider Program.

The SMART Rider Program will help riders to identify risks, give them strategies to avoid those risks and to make better decisions on the road.

Whether you’ve been riding for a while, you’re just new or coming back to riding after a long break, the SMART Rider Program will help you to be a better rider.

The Program is a full day training course involving theory sessions, demonstrations, facilitated discussions, and a mentored road ride in the environment where riders spend most of their time – public roads.

The program begins in March and riders from the Gold Coast and surrounding areas can now register for the course at https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=23830.

One of the aims in developing the course was to keep it affordable, and the program has been funding has been provided by the Queensland Government Road Safety Grants.

That has allowed the course fees to be kept to just $95 per day.

For more information go to motorcyclelife.com.au/smartrider/ or call 1300 961 335.

https://www.motorcyclelife.com.au/road-motorcycle-rider-training-program-returns-gold-coast/