Bikers take to the streets to raise awareness
The Lowveld Motorcycle Safety Initiative (LMSi) took their safety awareness campaign to the streets of Nelspruit on Friday to raise awareness of road safety.
The Lowveld Motorcycle Safety Initiative was established last year as a non-profit company with the aim to make motorcycling safer in the Lowveld.
“We do rider training with Kishugu, our training partner, but we need to make the campaign more visible to all road users,” says Johan du Plessis, chairperson of LMSi.
“We took to the streets on Friday morning at 6:30 already, to ask other road users to ‘look twice for bikes’,” he says. “Although most of the motorists looked surprised at our banners and our signs, the reaction has been mostly positive, with many hooting in support or showing a thumbs-up.”
Du Plessis says that although LMSi focuses on the safety of the motorcyclist, road safety in its broader sense also needs attention.
“To raise awareness of road safety, we need to get the message to the younger road users. Sadly, there is no kind of road-safety education in the schools, so we want to visit schools to talk to them about what is essentially a life skill – how to be safe on our roads.”
LMSi had a very successful visit to Hoërskool Nelspruit last year, where the basics of awareness around motorcycles were shared with a very receptive school body.
“We need to build on that and reach every school in the Lowveld,” says Du Plessis. “We will welcome an invite from any school so that we can keep raising awareness and save lives.
“We invite every person with an interest in road safety to join us.”