Motorcycle Awareness Week is a campaign that brings attention to the risks motorcycle riders face on the roads every day and how to manage them. While it's a New South Wales centric campaign, we're all for promoting road safety for motorcyclists so we're throwing our support behind it by doing a round-up of the top five motorcycle-related articles on Lifehacker Australia.
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Lane filtering is when you ride a motorcycle at low speeds in between two lanes of either slow moving or stationary traffic. Motorcycle riders have been doing it for years and it has been a source of consternation to car drivers. So is it legal?
Riding a motorcycle has a lot of perks. It’s liberating to lane filter past rows of cars stopped at traffic lights, you can easily find parking for your bike on the street and riding is just fun in itself. But motorcyclists have very little protection if they are unfortunate enough to be involved in a crash. We have some pointers on what you can do to help if you do come across a motorcycle accident.
“Can I park my motorbike on a pedestrian footpath? I see other bikes parked outside my street all the time,” enquires Lifehacker reader Anonibiker. The answer depends on a number of factors, including where you live, the diligence of parking inspectors in your area and whether you’re brave enough to take a gamble.
The laws surrounding exhaust noise are covered by Australia’s Motor Vehicle Standards Act. This defines the limits on the external decibel level of vehicles in order to reduce noise pollution in the community. We find out the difference in standards for cars and motorcycles when it comes to exhaust noise.
We know it's summer over here in Australia but it's a good idea to save this article for when winter comes along. Do-it-yourself blog Fix explains some important things you need to do before you storing motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. You'll be thanking us later.
There are a number of events being in New South Wales as part of Motorcycle Awareness Week until November 7. You can find out more over at the Motorcycle Council Of NSW website.