The "Good Gear Guide" written by Liz de Rome on behalf of the Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee with input from the AMC has now been officially released. This guide is meant to show what to look for in riding gear. Here's the media release from the AMC. MEDIA RELEASE 2009 02 â€œGOOD GEAR GUIDEâ€ MAKES GOOD SENSE FOR RIDERS Motorcycle rider safety throughout Australia should be improved following the launch in Canberra today of the Good Gear Guide for Motorcycle and Scooter Riders, by the Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese. Mr Albanese was joined at the launch by motorcycle-riding Federal members, Chris Hayes (Member for Werriwa, Honda VTR1000-mounted) and Dr Brendan Nelson (Member for Bradfield, Suzuki Hayabusa). In launching the guide, Mr Albanese noted the increasing popularity of motorcycling. â€œA growing number of Australians are turning to motorcycles and scooters because they are less costly than cars and enjoyable to ride,â€ the Minister explained. â€œThe number of registered motorcycles has grown by 50% over the last five years.â€ â€œItâ€™s no secret, however, that motorcycle and scooter riders are much more vulnerable on the roads than other motorists,â€ he continued. â€œThe message I want to emphasise today is that all riders need to wear the right protective clothing, no matter how far they are riding.â€ The guide was developed by Liz de Rome of LdeR Consulting with a grant from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. It was developed in close consultation with the Motorcycle Safety Consultative Committee (MSCC) with input from key organisations including the Australian Motorcycle Council (AMC). Mr Albanese was joined at the launch by AMC Chairman, Shaun Lennard, who explained the role of rider groups in the project. â€œThe AMC - through the peak rider organisations in each of the states and territories - had recognised that lack of proper protective clothing was becoming more and more of a concern, as the number of motorcycles and scooters on Australian roads increased significantly over the past five years,â€ explained Mr Lennard. â€œThe AMC developed a proposal which we took to the Australian Government for developing a resource to enable riders to make well-informed decisions about what riding gear to wear. We wanted to explain the value of protective gear in plain language.â€ â€œWhat works in Tasmania in winter isnâ€™t what you want to be wearing in Darwin or Townsville, but there are options for warmer climates these days too.â€ â€œItâ€™s been proven in studies that the right gear can substantially reduce the extent of injury in the event of a crash. Good gear can save you pain and inconvenience in a minor crash and may help reduce injury in a severe impact.â€ â€œThereâ€™s often a belief that â€˜Iâ€™m not going to crash, so it doesnâ€™t matter what I wearâ€¦â€™ â€œ, continued Mr Lennard. â€œBut the reality is that proper clothing isnâ€™t only â€˜protectiveâ€™ in the unfortunate event of a crash â€“ good riding gear that keeps you comfortable can actually reduce your likelihood of having a crash in the first place.â€ Both Minister Albanese and Mr Lennard noted the particular problem of pillion passengers not being dressed safely too. â€œWeâ€™ve all seen it â€“ the rider in the full riding kit and the pillion in a singlet,â€ said Mr Lennard. â€œWith summer approaching, I urge everyone to make sure theyâ€™re dressed properly before jumping on a bike; whether as rider or passenger.â€ â€œOur prime focus of course is on working to prevent crashes from occurring, but it makes good sense to be wearing protective clothing in case of the unexpected,â€ he continued. â€œIt takes some knowledge to inspect riding gear - some gear looks to be â€˜protectiveâ€™, but is simply a style and no better than casual clothing. The guide is packed with information to assist riders tell the difference.â€ Mr Albanese concluded the launch saying: â€œI urge all motorcycle and scooter riders to read te Good Gear Guide and gear up every time they ride.â€ The guide can be accessed at www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/safety.