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Scotland’s Bikers Gaining Recognition

If you get it wrong in France this is what you get!!

Grim Reaper Bend?

But anyway less of France and more about Scotland.

Below is a press release from the Motorcycle Action Group relating to positive moves in Scotland for Bikers to gain proper recognition. All praise must go to the Scottish section of MAG.

MAG is one of the biggest lobbying groups for bikers rights and it is well worth joining. (I might even join myself one day!!)

Have a read and see what you think. The full guidance document can be viewed on the MAG web site.

Scotland Gets Motorcycle Guidance

Issued 27th July 2007

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) welcomes the Scottish Executive’s publication of the ‘ Motorcycling in Scotland – Guidance for Local Authorities’ document which has just been released.

The document will have far reaching benefits to motorcyclists and highlights the excellent work carried out on behalf of riders by MAG Scotland’s Regional Representative, Steve Wykes and the motorcycling community working in partnership with the Scottish Executive.

The guidance recognises motorcycling as a legitimate form of transport which has clear benefits to society by helping to reduce traffic congestion, reduce environmental damage and increase social mobility.

The guidance also recognises the special needs of motorcycling, in particular, safety policy, secure parking, access to Bus Lanes and Advance Stop Lines. The report strongly recommends Local Authorities to establish motorcycle forums as a means of engaging motorcyclists to help inform local transport plans.

David Short, MAG Campaigns Manager said, “This is a tremendous step forward for motorcyclists and the Scottish Executive should be congratulated on their innovative approach to ensure that motorcyclists are where they should be, fully integrated, fully consulted with and working in partnership with those tasked with formulating transport policy. It also demonstrates the collective influence of the motorcycling community and what can be achieved when we all pull together.”

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