Updated COVID-19 riding guidelines published by the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations

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Published on 10 June 2020 by Mike Waters

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have published their updated COVID-19 Riding Guidelines for motorcyclists. Including clear advice on group riding now that lockdown restrictions are relaxing, the guidelines allow motorcyclists to maintain their mental well-being by riding their bikes whenever they can legally and safely, while complying at all times with government guidelines. The revised guidelines also carry advice for COVID-safe incident management courtesy of James Sanderson, the founder of Biker Down UK.

Please be aware that, at present, the guidelines for leaving the house for other than essential reasons may be different in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Before organising any ride, check the current local, regional and national restrictions to ensure that you are up to date with any recent changes.

The Coalition continues to await engagement with government officials, which is a source of great dissatisfaction amongst the members. Despite the reticence being displayed by the government, the Coalition remains committed to interpreting rapidly changing legislation and guidance and translating it into clear motorcycling-related advice that will benefit all riders in all situations.

The lead authors of the updated guidance were the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Roger Bibbings and IAM RoadSmart Head of Riding Standards Richard Gladman.

Richard said: “As the COVID restrictions begin to relax, it is important we remember how close we could be to further lockdown restrictions if the infection rate escalates. We as motorcyclists are duty-bound to help in any way we can. The relaxation has allowed us to gather in small groups as long as we adhere to social distancing rules. The guidance document we have prepared helps with best practice and is intended to help us court the right sort of publicity. Motorcycles are a safe, viable form of socially distanced transport, but also a great support for mental wellbeing.”

Roger added: “Although the initial peak has now passed, COVID-19 remains a potentially deadly infection that can be passed on unknowingly to others. These guidelines are designed to help motorcyclists play their part in getting on top of the pandemic. They are relevant even to group rides that happen quite informally but which in practice still need to be led by someone. So ‘decide who is in charge’ and ‘stay COVID safe at all times’ are the two key messages for all motorcyclists who are riding together.”

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has also expanded its ranks. The member organisations are now the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF), IAM RoadSmart, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club (TOMCC) and Biker Down UK.

A full copy of the updated guidance can be found here.

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