Coronavirus: Calls for bikers to do their part

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Published on 24 March 2020 by Mike Waters

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), a BMF Corporate Member, has called upon bikers to help in the containment of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic and to help ease the pressure on the emergency services. 

statement on the MCIA’s website read: The current health emergency is a great opportunity for exploiting the many advantages of powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and the MCIA is heavily promoting these to Government and beyond.   

We are highlighting the aspects of social distancing that PTWs offer, as well as the vital role they play in getting key workers to their employment, delivering medical supplies to hospitals, food to front-line workers and ease of access (via CBT) during the Test Centre closure period. As ever, we want to take every opportunity to cement the positives about bikes and scooters into minds that are often fed negative connotations.  

However, following one of the first fine weekends of the riding season, we have had a number of negative reinforcements reported, ranging from arguments between a group of congregating bikers and local residents who wanted them to maintain social distance, to riders using the lightly populated roads as race tracks and taking risks that could result in them avoidably occupying a hospital bed. 

This is a request that we would be unlikely to make in normal times but, in the interests of pushing positive news, the MCIA encourages social distancing of riding bikes and scooters whenever possible. 

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