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Safety first for local dirt bikers

LOCAL dirt bikers now enjoy increased opportunities for safe and legal riding in Clarence thanks to the hard work of the Trail Bike Working Group and the generosity of Cambridge Moto.

The working group, coordinated by Clarence City Council, includes members from the neighbourhood centres, local Members of Parliament, Motorcycling Tasmania, Mission Australia Housing, Tasmania Police and Cambridge Moto.

Together, they have created opportunities and shared information about riding safely and legally in Clarence.

The group held a number of successful Come and Try days in October, which provided a valuable opportunity to divert riders from illegal riding by facilitating connection to the riding community in Clarence.

More than 200 riders participated in the successful event, with Motorcycling Tasmania reporting that more than 30 riders took advantage of a free three-month Recreation Licence.

These 30 dirt bikers are now part of a larger community who are riding legally in a controlled environment.

The Trail Bike Working Group has enjoyed a busy year, with a focus on education through its involvement in the MotoSafe education program delivered by Mission Australia and Motorcycling Tasmania.

To learn more about dirt bike riding in a safe environment, visit the Cambridge Moto Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cambridgemotoinc.

For more information about the Tassie 10 and other opportunities for safe and legal riding in Clarence, visit the Clarence Trail Bikers Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Clarencetrailbikers.

 

Motosafe educates young riders about the Tassie 10 safe riding messages:

  • Always wear a helmet, boots, gloves, goggles and body covering clothing.
  • Check your brakes, fuel, oil and water.
  • Keep it quiet – check your muffler and ride at least 500 metres from houses.
  • Never ride alone – ride with someone who will look out for you.
  • Don’t ride on roads without a licence.
  • Don’t ride on public land – parks, footpaths, schools and sports grounds.
  • Do ride on private land when you have permission from the owners.
  • Always ride in the same direction.
  • Join a club – it will make you a better rider.
  • Have fun.

Caption: Cambridge Moto regulars, from left, Toby Bell, Will Kregor, Blake Johns and Blake Johnson.

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