Let's “Torque” about Road Safety

Sutherland Shire Council, in partnership with the Motorcycle Council of NSW and Bayside Council, are proud to once again be holding the Breakfast Torque event on Sunday 28 October, 2018.

The biggest motorcycling event in Southern Sydney is in its 15th year and will be held at Heathcote Oval as part of Motorcycle Awareness Month.

A highlight of the event is the simulated road scene to raise awareness of the blind spots for large vehicles. A semi-trailer surrounded by motorcycles will be set up and motorcyclists will be able to sit in the driver’s seat and see how difficult it can be to see other vehicles in blind spots.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce is encouraging anyone interested in riding or motorcycles to come along.

“I’m a big advocate for motorcycle safety and this great free community event is full of interesting demonstrations and safety information and is a great chance for local riders to get together and chat about all things bikes,” Mayor Pesce said.

“We live in a beautiful place surrounded by great roads, including those through the National Park, so let’s make sure we give ourselves the greatest chance of arriving home safe after a ride.”

Bayside Council Mayor, Councillor Bill Saravinovski said Bayside Council was pleased to partner with Sutherland Shire Council to promote road safety amongst motorcyclists.

“Road safety for motorcyclists is paramount as they are the most vulnerable on our roads,” Mayor Saravinovski said.

“Riding a motorcycle requires balancing skills and greater control compared to driving a car and they are less visible and can be easily missed by other drivers on the road.

“This is why events such as Breakfast Torque are so important,” he added.

There will be a riding skills display as well as a simulated crash scene and response demonstration performed by a stunt rider. Also on offer will be expert safety advice and tips, new products to browse and buy, mini bike gymkhana and prizes drawn throughout the morning.

Motorcycle Council of NSW Chairman Steve Pearce said he was looking forward to the event and pleased to once again support Breakfast Torque.

“This event is a great opportunity to celebrate motorcycling culture and lifestyle and remind riders of the importance of their safety,” Mr Pearce said.

“Too many riders are being injured on our roads and events such as Breakfast Torque provide an important forum to remind riders that their safety should be a priority every time they ride.”

From 8am to 11am, around 1500 people are expected to attend the event that will be hosted by Chris Smith from 2GB. There will also be live music, coffee vans and free breakfast for all riders.

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