Kick start to kick off

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn motorcycle riders, both experienced and novice are being urged to brush up their safety skills at the annual Kick Start Motorcycle Safety event this Sunday.

The event is a collaboration between a number of organisations including the Selwyn and Waimakariri district councils, Christchurch City Council and police. 

Selwyn Road Safety Coordinator Ngaire Tinning said the event brings together riders, retailers and anyone who loves motorcycles, with a common theme of improving safety on our roads for motorcyclists. 

“It aims to encourage riders to upskill, regardless of their level of experience and promotes training as a key factor in achieving that.”

Mrs Tinning said there are just over 75,000 motorcycle licence holders in the Canterbury region with nearly 21,000 registered motorcycles.

“Canterbury has some great roads for riding, so it’s no surprise in the Selwyn district that almost all of our crashes involving motorcyclists are on the open road,” she said.

“Over half of the fatalities and serious injury crashes over the last five years are where riders have lost control on bends or corners.”

She said while riders can’t control what other drivers do on the road, there are key skills riders can use to make sure they have the best chance of staying upright and avoiding those conflicts.

“Kick Start is a great opportunity to see rider demonstrations, learn skills about braking, ABS, positioning on the road, suspension set up and more, as well as having the chance to talk to different trainers about what’s on offer.” Kick Start will be held at the Canterbury Agricultural Park on Curletts Road in Christchurch this Sunday, October 1, from 10am to 2pm.