The mo­tor­cy­cle safety show must go on

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

The Mo­tor­cy­cle Live show at the NEC has packed up after a mam­moth nine days of wow­ing the 120,000-odd mo­tor­cy­clists who flock there ev­ery year.

This is no small un­der­tak­ing and takes months of plan­ning and mil­lions of pounds worth of me­tal, staff and stand builds. The show is run by the Mo­tor­cy­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (MCIA) which is made up of bike man­u­fac­tur­ers and im­porters. But that’s not all the MCIA does. And, one might ar­gue it’s not even the most im­por­tant thing the MCIA does.

It has been work­ing hard be­hind the scenes for the last few years to get mo­tor­cy­cling on the gov­ern­ment’s agenda when de­cid­ing on how to im­prove road safety. And it’s just been an­nounced that High­ways Eng­land has part­nered with the MCIA and the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil to make roads safer for mo­tor­cy­clists.

All three bodies aim to pro­mote mo­tor­cy­cling as an an­swer to con­ges­tion and to ed­u­cate car driv­ers, with a plan to in­tro­duce lessons on bike safety in schools. There are many as­pects to this plan and it won’t hap­pen overnight, but it’s now firmly on the po­lit­i­cal agenda and should help make mo­tor­cy­cling safer and more ac­ces­si­ble. ANDY CAL­TON

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