The motorcycle safety show must go on
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