Published: Oct 11, 2023

Motorcycle Awareness Month 2023

Every October we support Motorcycle Awareness Month, an initiative of the Motorcycle Council of NSW.

Motorcyclist approach bend on country road

We know that motorcyclists are some of our most vulnerable road users. On average, 57 motorcyclists are killed and 1042 are seriously injured on NSW roads every year. In 2023, we’ve already lost 32 motorcyclists on our roads. We’re determined to continue our work to ensure their safety, and the safety of all road users. 

We have several programs to support motorcycle riders and their passengers (pillions). Our Motorcycle Clothing Assessment Program (MotoCAP) tests motorcycle clothing such as jackets, gloves, and pants. The clothing is then given a star rating for breathability and safety, so riders can choose gear that’s both safe and comfortable. 

Our Consumer Rating Assessment of Safety Helmets (CRASH) program is similar, but tests motorcycle helmets so riders are comfortable during long rides and less likely to be injured if involved in a crash. 

Remember, even if you aren’t a rider, it’s still important to keep an eye out for motorcyclists by checking your blind spots and giving them space.  

Get involved 

  • Follow and share our posts on the NSW Road Safety page throughout October. 
  • Check out our MotoCAP and CRASH programs, and encourage motorcycle riders in your community to choose the safest gear for their ride. 
  • Host an activity, event or awareness campaign to educate your community 
  • Read about how to stay safe on NSW roads as a motorcyclist and as a driver.