Ride Forever - vital courses for every rider!
Bruce Pauling, Manager of the Wairarapa Road Safety Council, said motorcycle safety was a’high concern’ for the Wairarapa, with the Remutaka Hill being a high risk motorcycle route, and our narrow winding rural roads, especially in South Wairarapa, providing a challenge to riders.
His ‘’let’s get ready to ride’ safety initiative depended on amazing community support from local business. “Evolved Performance, Sargents motorcycles, Fagan Suzuki & Langlands Honda have been outstanding in supporting our combined efforts to promote these ACC led ‘life saving’ safety courses for riders, who are extremely vulnerable if involved in a crash".
"We encourage riders to book in for a free m/cycle safety check at one of these amazing local m/cycle retailers, get a free ‘tote bag’ of rider accessories & then pick up our flier to then book a free ‘ride forever’ on-road safety course".
Riders who complete courses are also entered into monthly draws for $250 prize vouchers to be redeemed at local motorcycle retailers, for either workshop work or the purchase of rider accessories.
Pauling says "this is all part of our councils’ efforts to encourage new & existing riders, no matter what licence type or riding experience they have, to book in for our ‘free’ on-road safety courses, to keep themselves safe & ‘upright’, as well as receiving the latest expert learnings about motorcycle safety in general".
Riders are 27% less likely to be involved in a serious crash after completing these fantastic safety courses.
Regional accredited & super experienced instructors meet up with riders in Wairarapa on weekends. Following the Health & Safety briefing and rules for the group ride, riders are ‘commed up' & get real time feedback the journey. Depending on whether it is a Bronze, Silver or Gold course, riders will traverse State Highways & local roads across Wairarapa & beyond. Safe riding techniques including hazard perception, ‘vanishing points’, counter steering & braking, bike maintenance & essential riding gear are all discussed during the day, with a lunch stop giving time for general discussions and for riders to share experiences and learnings.
Some local experienced riders complete the Gold course each & every year, as they all say they learn something new with each course to keep themselves & their pillions safe & their rides more enjoyable & less tiring”.
Katie Abbott (pictured) holds her learner motorcycle licence and decided to make safety her No.1 priority. Katie said she learnt so much from her ‘Bronze’ ‘ride forever’ course, which is specifically designed for new riders. She is now looking forward to riding the Remutaka Hill road with confidence, and will continue to learn by next attending the Silver and then Gold courses. “I think every rider should complete these vital safety courses…it’s a long day but you learn so much and it’s a lot of fun”.
Check out her video HERE
Thursday 19th of January 2023: Before you head off on your journey, take a look at how you can avoid the traffic
Friday 13th of January 2023: News from NZTA / Waka Kotahi
New, safer speed limits are to be in place between Masterton and Featherston from 27 January to help protect the lives of people who use local streets and roads.
Thursday 12th of January 2023: The route will be closed between 9 am Wednesday, 18 January and 4 am Thursday, 19 January, for planned maintenance and slip prevention work.
Tuesday 1st of November 2022:
Wednesday 5th of October 2022: Media Release from Waka Kotahi
Thursday 1st of September 2022: FREE ride forever courses from September through to February, cash back offers and the expert information you need to be road ready.
Wednesday 27th of April 2022: The closures will be in place between 9pm and 4am from Sunday 15 May to Thursday 19 May (finishing 4am Friday 20 May), and then again from Sunday 22 May to Thursday 26 May (finishing 4am Friday 27 May).
Friday 28th of January 2022: Due to recent covid 19 developments, Shiny side up takes to virtual crowds.
Thursday 27th of January 2022: Press release from Waka Kotahi regarding SH2 improvements.