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|We present a few choice
snippets from the wonderful world of biking. The
current news is featured on this page, and you can
see previous Shouts as well.
- Do You Know The Dangers?
Fatalities caused by bike luggage...
MAG is highlighting concerns from a member of a number
of incidents where soft luggage on motorcycles, particularly
Oxford Tail Bags, has caused riders to come off - on
two occasions with fatal consequences.
A number of those injured, and relatives of deceased,
are bringing claims against Oxford Products Limited.
Due to either inadequate fixings, or inadequate instructions,
the bags have come loose and then fouled the rear wheel
of the individual machines causing a rear wheel skid
The company has been prosecuted and pleaded guilty
to three offences under the General Product Safety Regulations
and was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £13,700
costs. It recently placed an advertisement in the motorcycle
press to warn users - it's a pity that they did not
do this earlier.
So there are two issues, firstly if you have one of
these bags to be extremely careful in using it. Secondly,
if you know of a similar incident please let MAG know
- contact Trevor Baird, MAG Director of Public Affairs,
or Henry Marks, MAG Chief Executive:
Tel: 0870 - 444 8 448
MAG (UK): www.mag-uk.org
- the TRL again...
Remember Leg Protectors?, remember
Motorcycle Air Bags? ('cos they couldn't get
the Leg Protectors to work without them). Well, TRL
- the body behind that fiasco - is running a new survey
on motorcycle parking bays in London.
As first reported here
bike parking bays in London are on the increase - if
you check the links page, we
provide a link to The Motorcycle Parking Website for
up to the minute London info.
Transport for London has appointed Transport Research
Laboratory (TRL) to undertake a study of motorcycle
parking within the congestion charging zone. This will
involve a survey of the motorcycle parking currently
available and its use. The study will begin by identifying
the location of all formal public motorcycle parking
bays available both on and off-street.
Project manager Alan Tilly commented, "We're encouraging
riders to provide us with their feedback so we can work
together to improve motorcycle parking facilities in
So, if you've got a favourite parking spot and want
to announce it to the world(!) or if you've got a few
helpful suggestions as to how bike parking could be
improved you can contact Alan Tilly direct by either
phoning; 01344 770 964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The findings of the study will be published in the
Should we trust the TRL? The VMR eds report a nasty
taste in the mouth on mention of the name... But that's
just personal opinion. What's yours? Let us know what
you think via the Forums.
after Council delays gate installation
A biker was killed on May 27th at a
known blackspot - shortly before the junction was due
to be closed to prevent accidents.
Residents near the junction of Oxhey Lane and Rowlands
Avenue, Hatch End, North West London, have been campaigning
for years. They said a death would occur unless the
road was closed to rat-running motorists.
The long-awaited gate should have been installed a
year ago, but Harrow Council put it on hold due to 'funding
A car turned right, and cut across the path of David
Nelson, who hit the car and died in hospital of his
injuries. The car occupants were unhurt.
Harrow Council are quick enough to put up speed bumps
without canvassing residents opinion (and in the ed's
case without painting them for a few days either - great
at night). Now a biker is dead for want of a gate. How
much has that death cost? Cost estimates run at around
one million per road death.
Police are appealing for witnesses (anyone with information
should call Sgt Michael Knight (!) on 020 8246 9855).
|Two biker surveys:
- give 'em your input
Two new surveys on road safety and carrying
young pillion riders are receiving support from MAG.
Road Safety questionnaire:
This has been developed to complement an in depth
analysis of over 1000 motorcycle accidents as part of
an independent road safety study by Craig Bartle, a
post graduate student studying for a Masters degree.
The Road Safety questionnaire can be found at www.mag-uk.org
- last response date is 23rd June. Or contact Craig.Bartle@nottingham.ac.uk
Carrying Young Pillion Riders:
The questionnaire is aimed at gathering perceptions
on the sensitive issue of transporting young passengers
especially as the exemption from congestion charging
is encouraging a more widespread use of motorcycles
The Carrying Young Pillion Riders questionnaire, conducted
by Angelo Muschitiello, can be found on
this web page.
MAG's Director of Public Affairs says, "We need
questions answered to get to the heart of facts and
figures. Surveys and questionnaires are not the glamorous
side of motorcycling but for MAG to continue its successful
lobbying and research they are a necessity."
Virtual MAG Rep asks that you take a moment to fill
out the questionnaires - all too often we're quoted
statistics against our chosen way of life, so don't
miss this chance to even-up the odds.
|MAG annual raffle
winner 'over the moon.'
David Goyns of Northamptonshire is
the proud owner of a brand new Yamaha R1, winning the
prize in in MAG's Grand Annual Raffle.
The draw was made at the Welsh National Motorcycle
Show in Builth Wells. The fifty five year old man who
had recently sold his own bike is 'over the moon' with
his good fortune.
MAG raffles a top flight motorcycle each
year to raise funds. MAG wish to thank Corporate members
Yamaha for their co-operation in the promotion of the
raffle and insurers MAG Direct for providing one year's
free insurance for the winner. MAG also wish to thank
Riverside Motorcycles of Northampton for their assistance
in delivering the bike to its new owner.