Every day we read, hear or experience motorcycle accidents on our roads, some riders survive and some don’t. The proverbial “Not if, but when” is a very real fact each one of us stares in the face when we swing our leg over and head out on the road. If you ride a motorcycle, whether it is on-road or off-road, the next ride may just be a game changer for you.
In January 2016 we started reporting on Motorcycle Accidents in South Africa, simply by collecting and sharing data from EMS providers, SAPS, Arrive Alive and other online media resources – this year is no different.
The 2016 Motorcycle Accident Report (M.A.R.) – http://www.msi.org.za/motorcycle-accidents-sa-2016/
The 2017 M.A.R. is updated at the end of each month, and you will already see an increase compared to the previous report. Alarming to say the least – http://www.msi.org.za/motorcycle-accidents-2017/
The dangers are real, ever-present, and we intend to do something about it! Your support is required!
Call to Action
Most of us know that the month of May is Motorcycle Awareness month, with events hosted in countries such as the USA, UK and Europe.
MSI, its members and visionaries, hereby announce the 2017 Motorcycle Awareness Ride in South Africa. The date is set for Sunday, 14 May 2017 and will be hosted throughout South Africa on the same day. This will be an annual event hosted on the 2nd Sunday of May each year.
It will be a coordinated effort of local riders, clubs, groups, the media, riding schools/academies, sponsors, dealers and distributors to ensure the support of every motorcycle/scooter rider in the country. Local government and other safety organisations are invited to support this initiative, as life and limb depend on it.
Each region may coordinate and host their own event, from departure point, times, route and end venue. Sponsors, dealers, vendors, etc. are welcome to exhibit on this day and are encouraged to make contact with the MSI office. Motorcycle clubs may coordinate within their relevant Biker Councils for the sake of communication and commitment from their members.
For the sake of consistency and the success of this and future events, guidelines are available on the MSI website.
Private riders and members of ride groups may simply register on the MSI website.
All participants are required to Register Online. The reason for this is to give Local Authorities, Marshalls and Road Captains these figures for logistical and planning purposes.
Registration is Free – http://www.msi.org.za/motorcycle-awareness-ride-register/