An open letter to motorcyclists and scooterists from MCIA | NEWS
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has written an open letter asking riders to stick to the current government guidelines about non-essential travel during the lockdown. We can all play our part in showing the general public that we’re not all complete idiots – and help to contain this virus and get back to normal as quickly as possible.
You may well use the ‘riding is the best self-isolation’ excuse for going out for a blast on one of the many sunny days we’ve had but things don’t always go to plan. It’s easy to have a breakdown and need the assistance of the recovery service, or a mate with a van to get you home. Accidents also happen unfortunately and you may add the emergency services and NHS into the mix. Suddenly your ‘self-isolation’ isn’t quite so safe.
When is it ok to ride/drive?
- If you’re a key or essential worker commuting to or from work
- Going out to get some essential shopping/medical supplies (as infrequently as possible)
- Taking shopping/medication to a vulnerable person
- Escaping a hostile or violent situation at home
Resist the temptation
As much as I’ve wanted to get out on a scooter, thrash my Quattrini on quiet roads, or take the series 1 for a spin – other than kicking them up they’ve just been chained up and locked safely away. I could ride to the Post Office a few times a week, or nip out for a pint of milk, but I won’t. It’ll make it all the sweeter when I can eventually get out and have a proper ride somewhere nice.
When is it NOT ok to ride?
- The rest of the time
As I sit in the office at SLUK HQ I see lots of bikes and scooters ride by every day. Most of them are the regular familiar commuters I see during ‘normal’ times, all year round on a mixture of bikes and scooters. Quite a few are motorcyclists just off for a cheeky blast, treating the quiet rural roads like a race track. From the bit I see and hear of them, often without the skills to back it up. There’s also a group of off-roaders, I only usually see them out at a weekend heading for the local forests but they’re out a few times a week as well now that they’re all off work. Great fun but not an essential journey.
I see the odd classic scooter ride by as well, plus a couple of GTS riding commuters (one of them hasn’t got a SLUK Guard on his burgundy Touring model, which disappoints me…) but other than that I’d say most Scooterists in my neck of the woods are behaving responsibly. Let us be thought of as the good guys and girls for a while, then we can go and smash some deckchairs up when we get to the seaside again…
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