The Motorcycle Industry Association (MICA) has launched a new campaign to champion motorcycles amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Launched in collaboration with various manufacturers, motorcycle publications and industry specialists, the ‘Unlock Your Freedom’ campaign is an initiative to highlight the reasons why riding a scooter or bike is a great way to stay isolated and safe from infection. Here are some of the reasons motorcycling is a great mode of transport…
– You can stay totally isolated: With the government discouraging the use of public transport riding a motorbike is a great way to travel. It enables you to get where you need to go, whilst protecting your personal space.
– Very affordable ownership: motorbikes and scooters can be very affordable, with the cost of daily ownership as little as the cost of a cup of coffee.
– Incredible fuel economy: There are a number of models on offer that are either electric or very economical with fuel, some of which can cost as little as 1p per mile.
– Easy parking: parking can often be a nightmare, especially if you are commuting into a city. However, riding a bike means you are more easily able to get a space closer to your final destination. This may mean you can avoid completing the final leg or your journey on public transport.
How to Get on the Road
If you are thinking about hitting the road on two wheels you will need to be over 16 and have a provisional or full driving license. If you tick both these boxes, you are allowed to complete a CBT training course. There are a number of motorcycle training providers so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a facility. After you have chosen your facility and completed the CBT training you are able to ride a moped, or certain motorcycles, on the road, as long as you use L plates. The CBT test isn’t pass or fail; it is simply a way to provide you with the training you need to be able to drive safely on the road. If you are seriously considering completing your motorbike training you should be aware that the training courses are currently suspended, until the 2nd December 2020.
Essential Tips for Motorcycle Riders During the Coronavirus Pandemic
– Do not ride if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus.
– Be mindful of government advice, and whether they are discouraging non-essential travel
– You must wear a face mask, or keep your helmet on, when entering petrol stations to pay for fuel. Consider keeping a facemask and sanitiser in your top box.
– Consider using the petrol stations disposable gloves over your riding gloves when fuelling.
– Keep 2 meters away from other riders if you are stuck in traffic or parked.