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Blue Mountains Tourist : Winter 2010
CAFÉ JOSOPHAN'S 187a Leura Mall, LEURA 4784 3833 Luxurious Josophan's HOT CHOCOLATE and our signature boutique coffee, Housebaked desserts and treats, Belgian style waffles, gourmet Breakfast and lunch Open 9am -- 5pm 7 days Extraordinary handcrafted fine chocolates -- freshly made on-site in our Blackheath store. CHAMPION CHOCOLATE EXHIBIT SYDNEY ROYAL SHOW 2006 & 2008 WEDDING CAKES, CORPORATE GIFTS www.josophans.com.au CHOCOLATE BOUTIQUE 132 Leura Mall, LEURA 4784 2031 Specialist chocolate boutique, stocking • Josophans handcrafted fine chocolates • Premier French chocolates • Hot chocolates • Chocolate baking supplies & books Chocolate Appreciation workshops Open 10am -- 5pm 7 days Mountain roads and motorcycles -- The Blue Mountains region has long been a great attraction for motorcycling tourists. They come either to sample our scenic vistas, interesting villages and variety of roads or while passing through on their way to and from the state's western region. Unfortunately, according to statistics from the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA), the worst areas for motorcycle crashes in the western region are in and around Lithgow and the local areas of Oberon and Rylstone. In the last five years, speed was a contributing factor in 34 per cent of motorcycle crashes in this region. This is higher than the state average of 24 per cent and with 13 per cent of motorcycle crashes involving fatigue, significantly higher than the state average of just seven per cent. Corners are the major contributing factor for single- vehicle motorcycle crashes. More than half of all single-vehicle motorcycle crashes occur on curves. In nine out of ten of cases, the motorcycle crosses into an oncoming lane or runs off the road. And most cornering crashes occur on dry, sealed roads, on weekends in daylight and involve a single motorcycle. So every time you round a blind corner you are at risk. The RTA has some good advice about how to reduce the death and injury of motorcyclists who travel in our area. All motorcyclists should know that riding is never risk-free, but all riders should aim to lower their risk as much as possible. This means having good observation, speed management, road positioning, decision making, hazard perception skills, and riding to the road conditions. Conditions change on every road. The road surface is part of your riding environment, just like the weather or the traffic density, and you need to give it attention. Starting corners wide will improve your vision. Planning to finish them in tight will help you get your speed right and leave you room for slight errors. Most importantly, keep away from the head on zone. Taking corners this way will slow you down a little on the approach but will allow you to accelerate out much earlier, when you have a clear view. www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au winter 2010 18