14 January 2022
13 January 2022
Provisional figures for motorcycle fatalities in 2021 show a dramatic drop by as much as 60%. The exact figures are still not finalised, but it is clear that 2021 has been the best year on record for motorcycle fatalities. This record is despite - or perhaps due to continued increases in motorcycling in London.
The full explanation for the reduced figures will be hard to find as many factors could be partially responsible for the figures. MAG is keen to continue with ongoing work to maintain and improve safety for riders in the capital.
The Roundtable event was hosted by TfL and attended by Greater London MAG reps, MAG’s political team, Assembly Member Keith Prince and other motorcycling groups.
MAG’s Spen McEvoy commented: “Greater London MAG thanks TFL for today’s Roundtable and their commitment to engage with MAG moving forward. We appreciate TFL providing a contact with TFL for reporting of problem junctions/streets. We also note a recognition that tackling the issue of motorcycle theft will directly affect road safety. I was also heartened to see acceptance of the suggestion that the cycle and motorcycle design guides be combined into a single handbook to avoid conflicts between cycle and motorcycle safety.”
Keith Prince is both a MAG member and London Assembly Member sitting as Deputy Chair of the GLA Transport Committee. Keith commented: "I’m impressed with the dramatic fall in motorcycle deaths in London last year. The officers committed to working with the London riding community to further understand the reasons for this welcome improvement, plus engaging with the delivery rider sector on safety issues, and treating all two-wheeler users fairly and without discrimination. Overall, this meeting was results-orientated in a very tangible way.”
There will be further meetings scheduled to develop plans discussed in the meeting, and to coordinate a co-operative approach to making London’s roads safer for all road users.
11 January 2022
9 January 2022
7 January 2022
Another use of the money I received in my retirement collection. There's not much left. At least it has been used to buy something that I would have bought.
Vera's standard screen is pretty good, but like the old 1150GS I owned (Mr Baloo!) it can be improved on.
Current hive thinking on the V-Strom UK site is to replace the standard with the Givi Airflow.
Similar to the GS's MRA screen (https://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/4281/3482/1600/MRA_002.jpg) it comes with a fixed lower screen and and adjustable upper screen that varies the height of the screen.
However, I saw that the Kappa version of the same screen was selling with a huge discount to clear at M&P Direct. They had stock and so I have ordered one. Fingers crossed that the online order goes through.
See what happens. Ordered it on Friday through the M&P website and waiting to see when they get around to working on it and getting it despatched.
I expect it will be later this week sometime.
Update 11th January 2022
6 January 2022
Over 400 of you took part and together you have raised an incredible £22,000. This will fund the training of more amazing hearing dogs and provide life-changing services for anyone with hearing loss, such as support groups and our helpdesk.
You ran a huge variety of distances, some of you in the most amazing costumes – from Santa to penguins, and even a Christmas Turkey! And your dogs looked absolutely amazing in their bandanas!
The money you have raised by taking part will directly change deaf people's lives.