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Saturday, 16 March 2013

More than 150 motorcyclists and scooterists from all over Victoria were at the 1st Fair Go Run held in Seymour today outside the office of Victorian Member for Seymour Cindy  McLeish. Fair Go Runs will target marginalised seats in the lead up to the Victorian State election in 2014. 

Victorian motorcyclists want  the  government  to adopt the recommendations of the parliamentary
inquiry into  motorcycle  &  scooter safety when it is tabled in state parliament on 16 June 2013.

The Recommendations will make our roads safer and have flow on benefits for reducing traffic congestion, the environment, motorcycle retail and service and regional tourism. The recommendations include abolishing the motorcycle safety levy ($60 per year indexed) and legalising filtering which is Recommendation 59 www.parliament.vic.gov.au/rsc/inquiries/article/1409

The Border Mail 'Bikers Demand Safety Upgrade'

 

February 2, 2012

3rd VMAG meeting

The 3rd Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Group (VMAG) meeting was held today (2/02/12). As a member of VMAG, I will report on items discussed once I have approval to publise this by VicRoads. I expect to do this before the end of this month.

 

December 17, 2011

2nd meeting VMAG

As a member of the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Group (MAG), a few of my fellow motorcyclists have asked me about the issues being discussed. The second MAG meeting was held on 24 November.... to read more

 

October 21, 2011

PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO MOTORCYCLE SAFETY (Victoria, Australia)

Following my submission to extend the club permit scheme to all road riding recreational motorcyclist, I do believe the Victorian Government Committee (leading the public hearings for the Parliamentary Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety) understands that drastic change is needed.

Times have changed - traffic is moving faster, there's more of it and more distracations for car drivers - it is obvious that present government policies relating to motorcycle safety are out-dated..

I also beleive that the Committee (after three days of public hearings 17-19/10/2011) are also aware that the unofficial policy to discourage motorcycling is both unnecessary and undemocratic.

My submission presented at the end of the final day (19/10/11), calls for VicRoads to extend the club permit scheme to all road riding recreational motorcyclists.

 

October 14, 2011

BLOG: Bonding With Your Motorcycle

If you own and ride motorcycle/s, I’m probably ‘preaching to the converted’, but if you are new to motorcycles then read on…

To explain 'the bond thing'-  think of it as the feeling you feel towards something you care a lot about. This feeling is like a form of energy and as such is a wave action that affects particles and also creates different tensions amongst these particles and this makes the atoms of that something (such as a motorcycle) vibrate in a harmonious way. Think Quantum Physics and String Theory... Read Blog: Bonding With Your Motorcycle

 

October 14, 2011

I have not just bonded with my Yamaha TT600, but with all motorcycles... and even all motorcyclists – even hairy ones! And so this is why I now find myself speaking at the public hearings for the Victorian Government's Parliamentary Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety at 3:45pm next Wednesday (19/10/ 2011) in Melbourne. To Read more

 

October 13,2011

Check out all 12 motorcycle travellers who received Jupiter's Traveller awards from The Ted Simon Foundation. ...and I thought my trip was long! http://jupiterstravellers.org/ jupiters-travellers/

 

October 11, 2011

I am very honoured to receive one of the first Jupiter's Traveller awards from The Ted Simon Foundation. Thank you.

The Ted Simon Foundation, which was officially launched in the UK on 6 October 2011, "encourages those who adventure into the world to go the extra mile and transform their experiences into something of value for the world to share".

(...back in 1992, when I first got the idea to travel by motorcycle, I had not heard of Ted Simon or his famous book Jupiter's Travels, which has now sold more than 400,000 copies. But soon after, a copy fell into my hands and I devoured every word.)

Heather Ellis - a Jupiter's Traveller

 

September 30, 2011

The redesign of www.heather-ellis.com goes live today. (It has been on the web since 1998). I hope you will find the new look both interesting and inspiring. I'd really like your feedback.Thank you. Please read my first blog.