I was flipping through the new Royal Auto, slightly bored as I don't drive any more and started thinking about drivers and riders and how little crossover there seems to be in their respective publications. I wondered if there was any way for the VMU or even Netrider itself to present the RACV with an opportunity to tap into the resources and experience of the riding community in order to put together an article for car drivers on how to share the road with bikes? Bikes don't seem to figure in car magazines; they're not part of the target audience yet they use the same roads. The RACV has roughly 1.3 million members, all who drive and as an organisation, seems very safety focused. Wouldn't some kind of information exchange benefit both us and them? Helping to remove the "us and them" perception would be a start in itself. It would have to presented fairly, rationally and above all in a way that lets car drives relate. I think the general perception of bikes is they're dangerous, and the people who ride them are risk takers. This doesn't improve our chances of being accepted on the roads or of being included in any more than a token way in the issue of safety. Riding needs to be presented as a considered, enjoyable, and above all legitimate method of transport. We need empathy from the motoring bodies. The TAC doesn't seem to actually put anything into practice when it comes to the issue of motorcyclist safety; the MRA seems to be more focused on raising its profile than making things betters for all Victorian riders. Frankly, I don't think things will change unless we take the bull by the horns and do something about it. Any thoughts?