MidCoast Council collaborates with Motorcycling the Hunter for 2021 publication launch after a rise in motorcycle fatalities

Motorcycling publication launch in the Mid Coast after increase in fatalities. Photo Shutterstock
Motorcycling publication launch in the Mid Coast after increase in fatalities. Photo Shutterstock

MidCoast Council has joined with other local government bodies in the Hunter to promote enjoyable and safe motorcycling.

The 2021 Motorcycling the Hunter publication was officially launched on Tuesday, October 12, a collaboration between Cessnock City, Maitland City, MidCoast, Muswellbrook, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter councils.

A recent rise in the number of fatalities on NSW roads involving motorcycles makes the publication of Motorcycling the Hunter more important than ever, to help motorcyclists ride to live, said MidCoast Council road safety officer, Chris Dimarco.

"For over a decade, councils in the Hunter have actively worked with our communities to promote motorcycling and improve rider safety. This our third and most comprehensive publication," Chris said.

"The Hunter is home to some of the most popular motorcycling routes in NSW but sadly, in the five years from 2015 to 2019, there were 1479 crashes with motorcycle involvement in the Hunter region.

"NSW has recorded a 50 per cent increase in rider fatalities in 2021, 39 motorcyclists have been killed between January and August this year, with more than half being the result of excessive speed."

"Motorcycling enthusiasts across the Hunter are set to benefit from the new guide which showcases the most popular motorcycle rides in the wider region - from pristine coastlines to wine country roads and beyond," Chris said.

The launch coincides with Motorcycle Awareness Month, which is an initiative of the Motorcycle Council of NSW, and runs in October each year.

Motorcycling the Hunter showcases the best routes in the Hunter and active motorcycle riders were heavily involved in the development of this resource.

The printed publication will be distributed through Visitor Information Centres, and council offices, with an online version available on participating council websites.

You can find a copy on MidCoast Council's website at www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/roadsafety