M.A.R. Event Guidelines

Most of us know that the month of May is Motorcycle Awareness month, with events hosted in countries such as the USA, UK, and Europe.

Consistency and integrity is key to ensure the success and integrity of this and future Motorcycle Awareness Rides. First impressions last!

It is for this reason that M.S.I. makes the following guidelines available. Any suggestions or concerns must be discussed with the Hein.

Download or Read the Guidelines below:

Each region (city or town) may coordinate their own event, from departure point, times, route and end venue. Sponsors, dealers, vendors, etc. are welcome to exhibit on this day and are encouraged to make contact with the MSI office.

Organisers are encouraged to host smaller events instead of one HUGE event. Here’s the idea:

  1. Gauteng can host 3 to 4 events: East Rand, West Rand, Midrand, Pretoria
  2. KZN can host a number of events: South Coast, North Coast, Durban, Midlands, Battlefields, etc.
  3. East London can draw smaller surrounding towns to join one central event
  4. PE can do the same as East London
  5. Cape Town is vast, and can also host 3 to 4 events with a healthy coverage
  6. Upington and Kimberley can host separate events as the towns may be too far apart to join.
  7. Bloemfontein, Welkom, Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Carletonville, Randfontein, Krugersdorp can all host separate events, or decide to combine efforts where towns are close enough.
  8. Parys, Sasolburg, Vereeniging, Van Der Bijl Park, and Meyerton can join in one central event
  9. Alberton and Germiston can join in one central event
  10. Johannesburg South can either slot in with Germiston, East Rand or Midrand
  11. Polokwane and Phalaborwa are 200km apart and could host their separate events
  12. Bronkhorstspruit, Witbank, Middelburg can host one central event

Riders are encouraged to join an event in their immediate risk area and at their nearest event venue. This way we will have smaller groups posing a lesser traffic imposing issue, thus covering a larger area.

Motorcycle clubs are encouraged to communicate within their relevant Biker Councils for the sake of commitment from their members.

Private riders and members of ride groups may simply register on the MSI website.

Venue Requirements
The departure venue should be central, safe and obtained with permission from the owner/s. Maintain order at both venues at all times.

The end venue should offer enough safe and secured parking for all motorcycles, and support vehicles. A main tent, chairs, should be considered.

Audio equipment such as speakers and a microphone is required for addressing the participants.

Please leave the venues the way you found it; clean!

Event vendors and dealers may exhibit and sell refreshments etc., with a small fee levied to cover any operating expenses.

NO ALCOHOL may be consumed at the departure venue and end venue!

Make the venue family friendly. Offer good entertainment to all ages if you like.

Standard electronic posters/flyers/adverts will be designed for social media publishing and email circulation. Each region coordinator/council may supply details of their event (venue, departure point, times, contact name, cell number and email address), personalised and can be used for regional marketing of the event. Download the Sample Flyer

The Ride
A suitable, safe and central departure venue is required. The same goes for the route which should have a healthy balance of freeway and urban/city/town roads, in order to create the required awareness.

Download the RC Guide

The ride must be marshaled by Road Captains, Road Marshalls and most certainly local authorities. It must be done in formation, safe and controlled.

Think Bike has offered to marshal where possible. MSI welcomes this gesture with open arms, and where Think Bike is not present, Road Captains and Traffic Authorities are required to stand and assist please.

No ATVs, Enduro, MotoCross, Pit Bikes, are allowed! For example, motorcycles without the legally required headlight, tail-light, mirrors, horns, indicators, number plates, license disc.

NO ALCOHOL during the event or at the end venue!

Permission to Ride
The required permission or notification should be obtained from local authorities; otherwise, this “mass demonstration” becomes illegal. We need their support and help on the day.

Metal badges, similar to this design, will be available at the individual venues, ordered and sold by the regional organisers. Badges may be ordered from the MSI office in bulk for your town or area event. Prices are rally related with no profit intended by MSI. More details will be provided closer to the time.

Safety is of vital importance. This is a mass demonstration to create awareness of our vulnerability, safety, but more importantly, to create risk awareness among ourselves. No burnouts, damage to property (fixed or moving), wheelies, aggressive gestures, or substance abuse will be tolerated.

We are trying to create an image here, not push it down the tubes. We must choose to be part of the solution, and not the problem.

Event Speakers
Each event organiser must appoint an Event Speaker. Hein will draft a message to be read out to all participants at each event. This will be a message, a wake-up call, and encouragement to riders all over the country.

Where possible, members of local government, the mayor, and traffic authority must be given or asked to say a few words at the event.

Speakers should address the participants within an hour of arrival at the end venue.

Work and stand together like only we can!

Entry is Free. This is not a money-making event, well at least for MSI it is not.

All participants are required to Register Online. The reason for this is to give Local Authorities, Marshalls and Road Captains these figures for logistical and planning purposes.


Thank You!

Finally, I’d like to thank each and every one of you, my family, my friends, visionaries, sponsors, partners, the media, bikers, and riders for taking part in this life-changing event.

This is your event; make a huge success of it from the start. And if this saves one life, then we are doing something right.

Hopefully, I’ll see some of you at this or future events, and until then, stay safe out there for the sake of your loved ones and friends.

Any questions, concerns, or suggestions; don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Sincerely yours in Motorcycle Safety and Skills Development!


Hein Jonker

Hein Jonker

Founder of the Motorcycle Safety Institute of South Africa Editor in Chief of Bike Talk South Africa Chief Instructor of Bike Talk Motorcycle Rider Academy Motorcycle Safety Expert for Arrive Alive South Africa

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