How your club can protect the future of biking
We have seen recent changes in motorcycle licensing, changes in weather patterns and the price of fuel increasing. These all have had a marked effect on the number of motorcyclists on the road.
So what can we do about it? Well, there are a number of things. Firstly, let’s make those brave souls on scooters and mopeds who have bravely taken the plunge into our world welcome. It is easy to sneer at a 50cc or 125cc when we sit on the sound-barrier-breaking monsters which we love.
Give the kids a wave as we would to our more experienced brothers and sisters. If we stop at the same place as the kids on street flyers, make welcoming noises and suggest that they can join a local bike club or BMF branch. Tell them when there is a social gathering or bike night.
Does your club have a junior section? My guess is no. But why not? Are we so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we don’t give a toss about the long-term future of our hobby/lifestyle?
Do we reach out to schools? I’ve noticed that a few (and I mean a few) forward-looking clubs have used bike shows to raise much needed funds for schools, while at the same time improving the profile of bikers and biking. National Youthbike has been encouraging young people for the past 21 years. This year, we are persuading motorcycle clubs to encourage their children and grandchildren to take an interest in the noble lifestyle.
As a part of this, we would like to see as many clubs as possible adopt a group of young people. We would like them to participate in our competition for youngsters to design and build their own motorcycle from an abandoned project or a recovered stolen bike the police have released. In certain cases, National Youthbike can supply a bike for you to work on.
For more information, contact either Tony Nightingale on 01507 527835 or Ron Smith on 07737 613786. For more information, visit www.youthbike.com.
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