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LNP promises paramedic bikers for Queensland

17 Nov , 2017,
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LNP promises paramedic bikers for Queensland

Motorcycle-riding paramedics, dubbed RAAMBOs, would ride south-east Queensland streets under an LNP government.

The policy, aimed at cutting response times in congested areas, was labelled misguided and potentially dangerous by the paramedics’ heavily pro-Labor union but cautiously welcomed by a leading emergency services researcher.

It would see the bikes return to the state for the first time since a trial on the Gold Coast was discontinued in the early 2000s and follow on from the recent introduction of bicycle paramedics for the Commonwealth Games.

Seven bikes and 12 trained paramedics would be included in the initial rollout promised by mid-2018, with the possibility of a statewide rollout to follow.

“These motorcycle paramedics will be ready to respond to any emergency with similar equipment to that carried in ambulances, including defibrillators for cardiac arrests,” LNP leader Tim Nicholls said.

“Mobile paramedics play a very important role in gaining vital minutes for patients where crippling traffic congestion and access are problems.

“This dedicated unit will cut response times and help save lives in some of our busiest regions.”

Labor was yet to commit any extra funding towards the Queensland Ambulance Service in the election campaign.

A spokesman for the United Voice union, which had donated more than $300,000 to the ALP by early October, welcomed the extra resources but said they would be better directed toward traditional ambulances.

“It might be a little bit faster but there’s a huge risk associated with us (riding bikes),” he said.

“I guess the big difference between us and say a police officer on a motorbike is the amount of gear that we carry is significantly higher and then obviously trying to maintain the fairly significant training course just to ride a motorcycle lights and sirens through trucks and traffic.”

LNP health spokesman John-Paul Langbroek said motorcycle paramedics had been “extremely successful” in New South Wales, Victoria, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Central Queensland University professor Brian Maguire said there was no research on the safety impacts of motorcycle paramedics but they could improve response times in congested areas.

Any implementation should be evaluated, he said.

The new paramedics would be called Rapid Action Ambulance Mobile Bike Officers (RAAMBOs)

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland-election-2017/lnp-promises-paramedic-bikers-for-queensland-20171117-p4yx2l.html

MRAQ Annual Report

10 Nov , 2017,
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MRAQ Annual Report for 2016 to 2017 as you may be aware we send this to our membership first and then post it here. To all that support and have supported the MRAQ over the years, we appreciate it immensely, and couldn’t do this voluntary work without your support. We at the MRAQ take our position within motorcycle advocacy very seriously when working for you, the riders…..

The Annual Report is attached again that you the rider, for your support.

MRAQ Presidents Report 2016-2017

Changing driving laws to support automated vehicles

8 Oct , 2017,
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The purpose of this project is to develop legislative reform options to:
clarify the application of current driver and driving laws to automated vehicles
establish legal obligations for automated driving system (ADS) entities.

Have your say

National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper seeking feedback from transport agencies, police, industry, and other interested parties on how Australian governments should amend driver laws to facilitate the introduction of automated vehicles.

The paper raises 14 questions relating to current driver laws. The key question is:

should driving laws change to allow an automated driving system (ADS) to drive—rather than a human—and ensure that an entity is responsible for the actions of the vehicle when the ADS is driving?

The NTC is seeking feedback on options to reform laws to achieve this and other issues that arise if the ADS is legally permitted to drive.

Consultation closes on Friday 24 November 2017.

For more information on how to make a submission, refer to the ‘Get Involved’ section below.

Feedback from consultation will be used to develop reform options for the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting in May 2018.

Click Here To Have Your Say.. http://www.ntc.gov.au/current-projects/changing-driving-laws-to-support-automated-vehicles/?modeId=1064&topicId=1166

How’s your roadcraft?

Oct , 2017,
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Check out the 6 part series into all manner of motorcycling skills and please ride well…

When you’re riding a bike on the open road, you’re about as vulnerable as it gets. Roadcraft is a vital part of your skill set and fundamental to developing your sixth sense as a rider.

AMC backs motorcycle protective clothing research

3 Oct , 2017,
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Australian Motorcycle Council welcomes ratings system for protective clothing

Motorcyclists around Australia and New Zealand will soon have access to more information about the safety of protective clothing with the formation of a working group and commencement of a pilot program at Deakin University.

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Freedom Ride 2017

18 Sep , 2017,
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Hi Everyone,
Riders please mark your calendars and save this date as the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRAQ) in association with Queensland Bikers are presenting the FREEDOM RIDE on the 18th of November 2017. It will start from the BP Northbound. Sign up from 9.30 am onwards, stands up and on the road at 10.30am. First stop Kenilworth Hotel for lunch, then along some different roads to the Landsborough Hotel for the last stop. This event is always a good day, for all level of rider, novice to experienced, we will have corner markers and our tail-end charlie towing the MRAQ trailer, so no one will get lost or left behind… Please come along and say hello and introduce yourself, as we love to meet new people that love to ride. If you need more info, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by phone the information is on the flyer. Hope to see you all there ready for a great day on the FREEDOM RIDE 2017.

Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Action Plan 2017-19

21 Aug , 2017,
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Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Action Plan 2017-19

Which the MRAQ where one of the steering committee members in this action plan.

Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Action Plan 2017–19 is the second action plan launched under the strategy. It covers the key steps we are taking to continue moving towards the long term vision–zero deaths and serious injuries on Queensland roads.

The action plan outlines 29 initiatives to be implemented over the next 2 years.

Our priority areas are:

  • delivering safer roads for Queenslanders
  • getting people in safer vehicles
  • encouraging safer road use
  • planning our future and strengthening our partnerships.

Consultation with members of the Safer Roads, Safer Queensland forum, local and international research and the National Road Safety Strategy informed the preparation of the strategy and actions plans.

https://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Road-safety/Strategy-and-action-plans.aspx

Infographic: Here’s How You Pull Out of a Rear-Wheel Skid!

15 Aug , 2017,
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A rear-wheel skid is something that has happened to and with every rider at some point or the other. Generally, it’s because of a slippery surface or incorrect and excessive braking of the rear-wheel. While it’s generally all fun and frolic to pull the handbrakes of a car and get it’s rear wheels to skid, the same isn’t really the case with motorcycles. For newbie riders, it can get very scary very soon. But, not if you know how to pull out of it properly.

Not all bikes have ABS in both wheels. What that means is that sometime or the other you’ll be in a situation where your rear wheel will lock. Instead of gradually slowing down itself and the bike, the rear wheel will completely stop as the bike continues to move. This will cause the bike to skid from the rear end. If not handled properly, this very easily can result in the bike going sideways, and resultantly the rider falling off or worse, getting into a fatal crash!

So, if your rear wheels lock and you go into a skid, be sure to counter any lateral movement the bike may enter into.

In case you’re lucky enough to only be in a straight skid, recovering is pretty easy. The front and rear wheels are aligned with each other, and all you need to do is release pressure off the rear brakes. Although, be prepared to contain the wobbles of the bike, as the rear wheel gains back its traction. You can, in fact, even practice this in a parking lot with proper safety gear, so you’re well prepared when the worst comes!

However, if you’re unlucky enough to get into a side-skid, things get a little tricky. A side-skid is when the front wheels continue to move forward, while the rear wheel tends to go sideways. Beware, do not act mindlessly. Generally people tend to release the rear brake at this point. But, that’s absolutely not the thing to do. Instead, you can regain control by trying to gently pull the handlebar of your motorcycle in the same direction as the slide. This helps your wheels get back in line. Doing this will prevent you from a high-side crash. At worst, you would get into a side crash at a lower speed.

It’s vital to use the lower part of your body to steer the bike on track, when trying to pull out of a rear wheel skid. Learn to hold the gas tank of your motorcycle tightly between your knees, when practicing the straight skid. It may or may not seem such, but it will go a long way in helping you encounter a slide.

Another thing to keep note of, while trying to pull out of a rear wheel skid is to keep your eyes focused straight. And also gauge the things on the road that can make your skid worse, and try to avoid them.

Generally, a rear wheel skid doesn’t happen if you have a pillion riding with you. The extra weight in the rear-end of the bike ensures better traction for the rear wheel. While trying to pull out of a rear wheel skid, try to imitate this. Try to move your body as far back as possible as you can, without losing your control over the bike or the gas tank as told above.

There you go. That’s about as much we could tell you about getting out of a rear-wheel skid. Ride safe, brothers!

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How to Lean Your Motorcycle into a Turn

Aug , 2017,
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motorcycle leaning illustration 1

Motorcycles stop faster and accelerate harder when they’re straight up and down, because that’s when the tires put the most footprint to the road surface. Suspension components also work best in the pure vertical plane—leaning the bike over puts side loads on them, encouraging binding and frame flex.

motorcycle leaning illustration 2

Hanging off on the inside of the turn reduces the amount we need to lean a bike for a given speed and turn radius. In each illustration, you can see three red circles: one represents the center of gravity (CG) for the bike, one for the rider, and the third the combination of the two. There’s little you can do about your bike’s CG, but by hanging off you can move your CG (and thus the combined CG) lower and farther into the turn, and that means the bike won’t have to lean over as much. In return, you’ll have a greater tire footprint and better suspension compliance.

If you hang off far enough to actually touch your knee to the ground, you can also use your leg as stabilizing support to help hold the bike up in the turn. Naturally, this is an advanced technique only for racers, but even everyday riders can benefit from hanging off in turns, especially in the rain or on poor pavement.

MRAQ Annual General Meeting

9 Aug , 2017,
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For All Financial MRAQ Members,
The MRAQ AGM will be held before the next general meeting on the same night. Nominations for President, Secretary, Treasurer positions, can be sent to this email address mraqsecretary@gmail.com
This will be convened on the 12th of September 2017 at the meeting place all details on this link.  Queensport Hotel http://mraq.org/meetings/