Now on my 59th and 60th bikes FZ1 Yam and 1250 Bandit and with 41 years of riding experience under my belt on every continent bar Antarctica I have FINALLY seen something I thought would elude me to death. An improvement in drivers attitudes to Motorcyclists (I do NOT include trucks and buses in this category) Many times in recent years I have noticed drivers pull over when stopped at lights to let us through the stopped traffic, which still a no no in Victoria, works in favour of both MC and Cars WHEN DONE SAFELY AND SLOWLY. I have also noticed that in general, Motorists are treating us with acceptance and are beginning to treat us as part of the mobile community and not 1%'s. NOW this must work both ways. When folk in cars do the right thing by us ACKNOWLEDGE it and though you may have to stop, a nod or wave to thank them shows that we appreciate being treated with courtesy and folks here is the most important part of this tome. COURTESY = SAFETY If we took the time to treat our fellow road users with decency, care and courtesy it would in time (as it already has) filter back to us. Yes I know that many times folk in cars don't acknowledge us when we let them in, do not block busy intersections and let them in when they are on our left and are confronted by parked cars but so do we also not acknowledge them. Over countless miles I have noticed an improvement in our relations with the Police, road works personnel, emergency vehicles and other motorists in general so let us lead by example. Many times I have seen the surprised smile when a I stop on my bike to help others, let them filter in ahead of me and each time I think that someone has gone on there way with just a touch more respect for us and that is worth it all. PS Speed cameras. Two years ago I was pulled up by a Police Officer for speeding on High Street Glen Iris (I deserved it) and as the very decent Cop was booking me I pointed out to him that in the ten minutes that it took, possibly a thousand cars and bikes had driven past us and seen me being booked and his car with its lights on and that had a deterrent effect on every one of them. SPEED CAMERAS DON'T No one likes being booked but even being stopped and warned by the Police has a deterrent effect on other motorists which can only help keep us, our family and friends alive so get on to your local MP and support a greater and more visible Police presence on our roads, sure some of us will get caught but if it stops me going to one more useless funeral it will be worth it. Remember we are our best ambassadors out there so lead the way and others will follow. Stay safe and be courteous.