Ride & Decide is a new engagement initiative led by the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) supported by ACC, rolling out this spring and summer. The purpose is to increase understanding of the causes of crashes, build awareness of the relevant plans from road safety agencies and give riders an opportunity to engage with those plans. Alongside MSAC and ACC, the Ministry of Transport, AA, NZTA, Auckland Transport and NZ Police will all be involved.
The programme launches with a Motorcycle Safety Summit in October, involving a group of sector leaders and representatives from the motorcycling community. That event will cover an in-depth look at crash data, share agency plans and identify any gaps or ways to strengthen them. From there, Ride & Decide takes to the road, with urban and rural review panels and a series of events for riders around New Zealand.
MSAC chair Mark Gilbert advises it’s all about activating engagement with riders. “It’s very much led by motorcyclists, for motorcyclists, in partnership with road safety agencies and stakeholders,” he says. “We really want as many riders as possible to learn about existing plans and share their ideas on how to improve safety. So we will listen to motorcyclists, get advice from experts and work with agencies to do just that.”
Ride & Decide will be part of the busy programme of events planned for motorcyclists over spring and summer. Other initiatives include Motorcycle Safety Month, the Ride Forever NZ Motorcycle Show in Auckland, and the Shiny Side Up and Kick Start festivals around the country. “Keep an eye out for us, and get involved,” says Mark Gilbert. “It’s all about having a joined-up conversation to promote greater understanding and better planning for motorcycle safety.”