You may be aware of the current EU proposals for anti-tampering, compulsory ABS (yes non-switchable) for all bikes and stricter testing regimes. I for one do not want to have to jump through hoops just to fit a new pair of handlebars, make sure they are an "approved type" and then pay to have them inspected at a testing centre before I can ride.
I am sure anyone who likes riding off road will not be keen on complusory non-switchable ABS, and in general the anti-biking legislation. Just how many accidents are caused by modifying bikes? Very few I bet in comparison to poor driving standards which should be the real issue.
If you are in the UK and would like to express your thoughts on these proposals then please join a peaceful and lawful ride near you on Sunday 25th September at 1pm at a location near you.
Here is a list of meeting points taken from the MAG website:
Join us to keep EU Hands Off Biking, it's time for Action now!.
On the 25th September you can make your voice heard. Starting from service areas across the country, we all ride at 1pm, use the inside lanes and vanish 20 minutes later. This is the first time. Let's show what we could be capable of.
The list of start points is changing all the time, but as of today we can confirm the following,
Northampton Services north and soundbound
Leicester Forrest East Services sounthbound
Donington Park Services
Trowell Services northbound
Tibshelf Services northbound
Woodall Services northbound
Woolley Edge Services southbound
Fleet Services southbound
Reading services westbound
j32 ASDA carpark
Pont Abram Services eastbound
Taunton Deane Services Southbound
Corley Services eastbound
Charnock Richard services northbound
Harthill Services eastbound
Kinross Services southbound
South Mimms services
Clacket Lane Services clockwise
Warwick Services northbound
B&Q, J4 motorway end
Hartshead Moor Services
8 Ball diner, Rivenhall, A12 northbound
BP, Boreham Interchange A12 northbound
Tesco, Copdock, A12 southbound
Stanstead airport carpark
Porky's Diner eastbound
Chiverton Cross Services nr Redruth
Countess Services eastbound, Amesbury
Lee Mill Services, Ivybridge, Plymouth
Halford's roundabout, Carmarthen
Abergele services, westbound, between j25 and 24a
Strathcartho services, between Perth and Aberdeen
Closer to the date, we will be have a final, complete list of all the actual start points.
It will be here, on the www.ridersarevoters.org
website and many other places. As you can see we've already got venues from Plymouth to Aberdeen on most M-ways and major trunk routes, but if you or your bike club would like to be a 'starter', contact us for co-ordinated action.