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Sunday 19th June 2022
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By VMC Admin

Your Views Wanted On New Bicycle Lanes

The City of Melbourne (CoM) has recently constructed bicycle lanes with high kerbs across the city. In addition some tram tracks now have kerbs. The VMC regards these as hazardous

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Very dangerous to riders and do not provide us with safe "outs" in bad situations. Once again a decision made by council with zero thought for riders

Posted by Sm, 19/06/2022 8:17:07 pm

Melbourne roads and pathways are meant to be used by all groups, not just one group represented by a loud and noisy contingent who pay nothing to be on the roads.

Posted by Devlin Gardner, 19/06/2022 10:37:58 pm

Get rid of the bike lanes! They are hardly used outside of peak times, have caused major traffic congestion and removed parking spaces from local businesses. They cause more danger to pedestrians crossing the road and increase the risk to motorcycles by restricting their options.

Posted by Julian Q, 19/06/2022 11:09:46 pm

If this is the case allow motorbikes to use the lanes as well, it's easy for us to slow down when next to a cyclist and we have a horn to let them know we are coming to allow them to move over so we can pass safely.

Posted by Giuseppe , 20/06/2022 12:18:20 am

Category: General
Wednesday 23rd March 2022
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By VMC Admin

Review of Road Rule

"Slow to 40km/h while passing emergency vehicles"

Victoria Police are seeking community

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I've not really had many occassions where I've passed an emergency vehicle in the circumstances required. Of the times it has happened, what's stood out is that even though I and some others slowed to around 40km/h, many other road users didn't. As a rider I felt vulnerable and forced to increase my speed to remain safe. Not that the rule was being enforced any way...

Posted by Anon, 23/03/2022 1:50:28 pm

Like wise, I've only ridden past a couple of 'flashing lights' events and have slowed to the required speed limit but felt vulnerable given other road users disregard for the law... Perhaps more public education is required, roadside billboards maybe?..

Posted by Mungo, 23/03/2022 2:02:07 pm

I understand the thinking behind the rule and support the idea of taking care when passing. Its main flaw is that very few motorists follow it which puts everyone who does at risk. I've not encountered an EV pulled up, lights on, when out on my bike, but quite a few times in the car. While I attempt to slow down, if the surrounding traffic is not reacting, then it would be foolish of me to attempt to.

Posted by Shane, 23/03/2022 2:16:30 pm

In principal the 40kph limit under these circumstances makes sense. In practice I find that many cars, vans and trucks rarely stick to the 40kph limit. For me personally while riding a motorcycle this has proven to be dangerous on numerous occasions.. These other vehicles who exceed the 40 limit don't like being held up and see an easy opportunity to go around a motorcycle at close proximity.

Posted by Sam Blumenstein, 23/03/2022 2:21:52 pm

This rule has seriously endangered me, several times (on bike & in a car) for no beneficial effect. It should be scrapped forthwith.

Posted by Steve Roberts, 23/03/2022 3:29:55 pm

Nowhere in Australian would you see speed zones change from 110 km/h to 40 km/h in one step. Cars and trucks slow at different rates. While I agree with the sentiment, the introduction of this law was an ill considered knee-jerk reaction which has introduced new dangers and has no doubt caused more grief than it's saved.

Posted by Robin, 23/03/2022 5:50:35 pm

I get the purpose of the rule completely, but note the additional dangers due to other road users not slowing down. Maybe if it was 60 km/hr, people would be more likely to stick to the limit

Posted by Mike, 23/03/2022 8:55:50 pm

A dangerous law, particularly on 100/110kmh roads. When traffic is heavy, visibility is lower, as is space, and to require speed to drop by 60 or 70 kmh almost immediately is madness. I have been genuinely endangered twice by this law. Requirement should be to slow where reasonable, and move to outside lane where reasonable. Police talking to pulled-over drivers should do so through passenger window, not driver window. All this works fine in the US.

Posted by D Hughes, 24/03/2022 6:38:16 am

I feel the biggest problem isn't the speed, it is the close proximity in which car/truck drivers pass the 'party lights' at. Since 2016, Victorian motorcyclists have been taught to 'buffer' from hazards and leave a 3 second crash avoidance space, but car drivers don't seem to comprehend the idea of space, both laterally or in front. It's law to pass cyclists 1.5m from any speed, wouldn't this be a better option for the average pull over?

Posted by Rachelle, 25/03/2022 9:49:27 am

I understand the intent behind this road rule. However, from my observations it is almost never observed by drivers. Drivers will simply adjust their speed to match the traffic flow. A more realistic speed of, say, 70 kph. would work better. I have wondered if the road rule contributed in part to the tragic accident on Melbourne's Eastern Freeway where 4 police officers died. Is it possible the truck driver was caught out at the last second by this rule ?

Posted by M Down, 25/03/2022 7:21:41 pm

It is so dangerous. I cannot safely comply with this law without risking my safety.

Posted by Ad, 26/03/2022 11:20:14 am

As a motorcyclist, this rule is too dangerous to comply with when there is a car behind you. Dropping suddenly to a speed of 40km/h is an invitation to be rear-ended by an inattentive driver. I will not take that chance.

Posted by MikeB, 27/03/2022 11:15:41 am

I have not encountered a situation where I have had to pass an emergency vehicle but yes at low visibility areas or turns etc it can be hazardous. Changing the lane to give space is still safer but sudden reductions in speed are not something I would like to do especially if there is traffic behind me.

Posted by Usman, 29/03/2022 8:54:51 pm

The majority of times I encountered flashing lights emergency vehicles, surrounding traffic did not slow down and I felt extremely unsafe as people drive right up your backside and/or overtake aggressively. This happened in in instances where sight lines were good, just other road users compliance was lacking. I also agree that large speed reductions (say 100km/h or 80km/h down to 40km/h) in a very short distance are extremely unsafe. Is this supported by design/road safety standards?

Posted by Corey, 30/03/2022 9:11:43 pm

I have also encountered at least one significant risk to my life by attempting to comply, when a passing articulated transport disregarded the rule. Clearly there is a need for greater safety for emergency services workers. However it seems that a lot of roadside interactions for non-critical purposes could be removed to a safer area. I suggest that the current law may place enforcement officers at greater risk from adjacent collisions than errant vehicles.

Posted by Titus, 13/04/2022 5:14:14 pm

I understand the purpose of the rule, but without correct enforcement and compliance it is dangerous to all road users and would say this would extend to the people this is trying to protect as road users scramble around each other to avoid slowing down. Not sure the solution, but would consider the method of police creating a corridor is not safe as they often protrude into the lane in a parallel parked position. Angling the car to deflect collisions and allow door opening would be better imo

Posted by Mike, 15/04/2022 5:44:56 pm

Category: General
Wednesday 16th February 2022
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By VMC Admin

OK, so maybe not "movie stars" but we've been contacted by a St Kilda based company who are a casting company (finding actors and extras for film, TV and other productions) asking for our help to reach out to the motorcycling community.

We suspect it won't be as glamorous as this...

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Category: General
Wednesday 15th December 2021
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By VMC Admin

Motorcycling in Gippsland

Recently I was asked to write something about motorcycling in Gippsland.

“Gippsland” is a big place. It is that part of Victoria bounded

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Categories: General | Great Rides
Wednesday 1st December 2021
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By VMC Admin

The VMC is happy to promote the Grampians "Ride to Remember” 2022

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Category: Events - Community
Saturday 27th November 2021
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By VMC Admin

Anyone noticed that traffic in major population centres has increased significantly following the lifting of Covid restrictions?

You have? So have we.

It seems that public transport is being shunned which means the roads are

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Category: General
Saturday 18th September 2021
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By Mr Grant Andrew Delahoy

It’s just a bike.

Have you had this said to you? “But it’s insured, you can get another one”.

For some people that ride, this may be the case. It’s a transport mode of choice with some pros and cons. But for others, riding a motorcycle is a passion. You don’t just ride a “bike”,

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Category: General
Sunday 5th July 2020
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By Mr Rob Salvatore

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same - Victorian Motorcycle Advocacy Petty Politics.

 

A few years ago, the Independent Riders' Group, lead by Damien Codognotto, started making noise about being called the Motorcycle Riders Association. This represented a return to the

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Category: General
Monday 20th April 2020
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By VMC Admin

Due to transactional costs incurred, we will be raising the cost of each additional bike for roadside assistance cover by $5 with effect from 1st July 2020.

The new prices will be:

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Category: Membership
Thursday 17th October 2019
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By VMC Admin

We are proud to share the following information, and encourage riders to share...

 

The 12th Annual GRAMPIANS “Ride to Remember” will be held on Sunday,

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Category: Events - Community