Those wonderful people at the Motorcycle Action Group are in full voice, and ask that you write to your MP, thereby lending your voice to their recent request.
While the COVID lockdown was in place, everyone loved a motorcyclist. We delivered prescriptions, ferried urgent medical supplies, and generally did everything we could to help.
The natural environment of a motorcyclist is socially distant. Heck, we even wear face masks, be they full-face or flip lids, and gloves.
As the world adjusts to what the mainstream media refers to as “the new normal” not a lot is changing in the world of transport policies. MAG wants to alter this, not just for the benefit of motorcycling, but also for the benefit of people who are packed on to busses and other forms of public transport.
It would be easy to get into long debates about carbon reduction through motorcycling. Or we could debate reducing congestion and the now proven – thanks to COVID – positive impact on air pollution that came through reducing the number of cars on the road.
All engaging topics and well worth debate. But as their name suggests MAG is more about actions than a lot of words and debates that stumble onwards, maybe delivering something in 10 years time.
Dear Secretary of State
On the 16th June 2020, MAG wrote to the Right Honourable Grant Shapps MP, Secretary for State, in which MAG made three simple requests – although MAG refer to them as demands – to improve social distancing while travelling and help mobilize the UK.
Two of them wouldn’t even cost the Government any money.
1. Specifically recognise and encourage the role of motorcycles and scooters as a socially distanced, congestion-busting, and sustainable transport mode for post-COVID transport in all Government transport messaging.
2. Mandate all local authorities to immediately allow motorcycle and scooter access in all combined bus and cycle routes.
3. Mandate all local authorities to immediately provide emergency secure two-wheeler parking facilities that can be used by both motorcyclists and cyclists.
You can read the original letter here. As yet MAG is to receive a response from the Secretary for State.
Turn Up The Volume
At the bottom of this article is a letter that MAG asks you send to your MP. It doesn’t matter if you are a member of MAG or not – although if not, why not? 😀 – please copy the text and either email or post a paper copy to your elected representative.
How To Write To Your MP
If you’re unsure who your MP is, click here to use the Government’s postcode look-up website to tell you who is representing you. Click search and your MPs contact details are displayed.
Cut and paste the text below the line into an email. Insert the name of your MP and your address – so they know you are one of the people they represent, then hit send. Done!
Dear [Your MP]
I am writing to you as a constituent, with urgent COVID-19 related concerns.
My name and address details are:
The Government is refusing to listen to motorcyclists like myself in terms of our future transport challenges as the Coronavirus lockdown eases.
The Motorcycle Action Group has written to Secretary of State, Grant Shapps with three simple cost-free and yet effective policy requests. These policies, if acted upon, could greatly ease our national transport issues and support my personal transport preferences for virus transmission-safe travel. The proposals will generate no extra cost implications beyond the funds already pledged by the Government to help local authorities reallocate road space and provide space for active travel.
The three policies being demanded by MAG are:
- Specifically recognise and encourage the role of motorcycles and scooters as a socially distanced, congestion busting, and sustainable transport mode for post-COVID transport in all Government transport messaging.
- Mandate all local authorities to immediately allow motorcycle and scooter access in all combined bus and cycle routes.
- Mandate all local authorities to immediately provide emergency secure two-wheeler parking facilities that can be used by both motorcyclists and cyclists.
I would like to ask you, as my representative in Parliament, to support me by calling on the Government to take heed and implement these policies as soon as possible.
I hope that you will take urgent and positive action on this and look forward to hearing from you with any progress made.