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Safety advice to motorcyclists heading south from interislander terminal

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Motorcycle riders heading south from the Wellington region for this month’s Burt Munro Challenge will be reminded to take their time on their journey to Invercargill as they check in before boarding the ferry to cross Cook Strait.

Council staff will be down at the Interislander and Bluebridge ferry terminals before some of the sailings this weekend, to chat with riders on their way to the annual Burt Munro motorcycle rally starting on 8 February.

Riders will be offered a goody bag, including a free tyre pressure gauge, chamois, and a copy of Bike Rider magazine to browse through while they sail across the Strait.

Funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency and councils in the Wellington region is helping to promote safe riding messages, and the bags were put together by Rimutaka Prison which offers this service to community groups that need to fill goody bags or packs.

Acting District Road Policing Manager Inspector Glyn Rowland says “The safety of motorcyclists is a high priority for all road safety partners in the Wellington region, as it is nationally. Motorcycle riding requires high levels of concentration so we encourage all riders to take regular stops along the way.”

The Council’s Transport Safety Education Coordinator, Anna Blomquist, says “Events like this are about riders enjoying the journey and arriving home safely.”

Motorcycle riders who are not attending the Burt Munro event, but would like some information on brushing up on their skills, please check www.rideforever.co.nz

The initiative, led by councils in the Wellington region, is supported by both Bluebridge and Interislander, and by ACC.

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