The new campaign created with Hardhat aims to improve the safety of Victorian motorcyclists by providing them with information to refresh their knowledge and encourage them to practice safer riding when negotiating the roads.
Despite making up less than four per cent of the registered vehicles in Victoria, motorcyclists are overrepresented in road trauma, accounting for 15 per cent of deaths and serious injuries.
The initiative was launched after a spike in motorcyclist deaths in solo crashes early in the year, with most not alcohol or drug related but instead experienced riders over 40 simply enjoying a scenic ride on country roads.
Set at the Yarra Valley’s famous Black Spur Drive, the campaign focuses on just how important every second of concentration, judgement and decision making is when it comes to road safety for motorcyclists.
At the same time, the creative looks to reframe the perception of motorcyclists, replacing the assumption of riders being risk-taking hoons, with the idea that they are, in fact, calculated, under pressure and vulnerable road-users.
On the campaign and safety initiative, VicRoads chief executive, Robyn Seymour said: “We developed this campaign in direct response to the high number of motorcyclist fatalities across Victoria this year.
“The campaign’s message “Every Second. Always On” reminds motorcycle riders to be constantly vigilant on the road and this message will be promoted through traditional and social media, and roadside billboards.”
“We also encourage motorcycle riders to take a new online quiz developed as part of the campaign to test and refresh their knowledge about safe riding habits.”
Hardhat’s ECD Glenn Dalton added: “It was a difficult balance: sending a powerful message about motorcycle safety without attributing blame just on riders.
“And with research telling us that there was no single reason for the recent spike in motorcyclist fatalities, we needed a campaign message that could cover a wide range of factors. ‘Every Second. Always On’ is a positive reminder of just how much mental and physical application riding a motorcycle safely demands.”
“It was a privilege to work with VicRoads on such an important campaign, and we hope that our message of ‘Every Second. Always On’ is one that riders always remember.”
The campaign will rollout through June and July across OOH, TV, cinema, radio, social and press, and include an interactive quiz and map elements.
Client – VicRoads
Russell Higgins – Senior Policy Officer
Michael Green – Senior Policy Officer
James Soo – Manager – Vehicle & Motorcycling Policy
Sally McInnes – Head of Brand and Strategic Communications
Georgina Koufariotis – Strategic Communications Manager – Metro & Corporate
Alana West – Strategic Communications Advisor – Campaigns
Agency – Hardhat
Glenn Dalton – Executive Creative Director
Reece Ryan – Creative Director
Heath Schmidt – Art Director
Rick Stephens – Copywriter
Dave Sackville – Designer
Sophia Duhrin – Designer
Chris Lucas – Front-End Developer
Lani Cush – Strategy Lead
Jenna Hall – Account Director
Gabi Raison – Senior Account Manager
Virginia Krantz – Producer
Davros – Director (Taxi Film)
Brendan Lee – Producer (Yellow Jacket)
Cesar Salmeron – DoP
Cameron Murray – Photographer