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We hate that you’ve had a crash or near miss. We know that getting back on the bike isn’t always simple. It can sometimes be a confusing, frightening and even destablising experience—and that’s OK.
We’re here to help
Below you’ll find some resources and actions that you can take to get yourself back on your bike and enjoying the ride.
Make a claim
When you’ve been involved in a crash and you or your property has been damaged, claiming those costs back is important. Get started below.Learn more
Report poor or unsafe infrastructure
If your accident was caused by poor or unsafe infrastructure, we want to help you see it fixed. Here’s some resources to help make a change.Learn more
Find an alternative route
It can be difficult to get back on the bike after a crash, let alone tackle the same route. Here are some resources to help plan a safer route.Learn more
Bouncing back from a crash
Whether your crash or near miss happened on the road, trail or track, often mental or emotional ‘injuries’ can be harder to overcome than physical ones. They can arouse new fears, making us overcautious.
When considering your post-crash recovery, there’s some important things to remember that will help re-empower you:
- Don’t rush back – give yourself time to recover and ease yourself back in to riding
- Be realistic about the physical and mental impact – if you’re confidence has taken a knock, acknowledge and address it.
- Find ways to rebuild your confidence through smaller rides with trusted friends or take the time to sharpen some skills.
- Reflect and learn from the circumstances and situation
- While it might be tough, try not to leave it too long before your next ride. Time tends to exaggerate any fear or anxiety you may have.
- If you’ve have a serious crash, listen to the advice of doctors and follow your rehab plan.
Finally, don’t beat yourself up – crashes happen to everyone, from the pros to everyday riders.
If your mental and emotional barriers are more serious or complex, you may want to seek out help from an expert.
Find an alternative route
After an accident, it can be difficult to face getting back on the bike at all, let alone tackling the same route. Fortunately, there are some tools to help you with planning safer routes.
Local councils provide up to date ‘Smart Travel’ maps which can be accessed via Vic Roads, or your relevant state roads authority.Learn more
Improve your riding skills
Improving the way we navigate roads and paths and mix with pedestrian traffic can help to avoid crashes in the future, see below for some helpful tips and resources that will help you feel more confident on the road.
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