If anyone knows the dangers of riding a motorcycle it is Fowler MP Chris Hayes.
An avid rider for over 30 years, the federal politician is well aware of the dangers associated with riding a motorbike on Sydney’s busy roads.
It’s why he is using Motorcycle Awareness Week (October 15-22) to remind motorists to “look twice for bikes.”
“Riding a motorbike is exhilarating but it can be easily forgotten how slim the line is between fun and serious injury, or worse,” Mr Hayes said.
“While I have always encouraged my sons and friends to ride defensively, we all have a responsibility to make our roads safe.
“Look twice for bikes; it isn’t a big ask but it could save someone’s life.”
Motorcyclists account for more than 15 per cent of all road deaths, despite only making up 4.5 per cent of registered vehicles in Australia.
Mr Hayes said those figures were too high.
“I ask all road users to slow down and be aware of those around you,” he said.
“Riding a motorcycle certainly has its benefits, it’s an inexpensive and efficient way to travel, parking is much simpler than a car, but it comes with definite risks.”