[mag-yorkshire-region-list] Yorkshire MAG newsletter February/March

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Welcome to the latest Yorkshire MAG newsletter

Here’s a quick rundown of the NC meeting that I attended on Saturday 
19th February

MAG has been in touch with the United Nations Environment Programme to 
state the case for motorcycles being a positive influence on both 
congestion and pollution. This approach has been formally acknowledged 
with a letter back, stating “as you accurately say in your letter, 
motorcycles could provide a short term and immediate way to reduce 
emissions now” This is a big deal as obviously the UN is listened to by 
policy makers throughout the world.

Colin Brown has been looking at some statistics from London which may be 
pertinent in all cities around the country where cycling/bus lanes have 
been pushed as the way to go.
He’s looked at the modal share and KSI (Killed and Seriously Injured) 
statistics show that motorcycles make up 1.5% of all traffic and cycles 
make up 2.5% of all traffic in London.
The KSI statistics show that motorcycle KSI’s are up by 6% while cycling 
KSI’s are down by 4%
This is a very worrying trend as it seems to show that while both are 
classed as Vulnerable Road Users, cyclists are being protected with 
dedicated cycle lanes while motorcycles are being compressed into the 
road space that’s left, with tragic effect.
He intends doing more work on this matter and will report back.

The ULEZ charge in London will come into effect in April. MAG has worked 
hard to try get exemption for all motorcycles but unfortunately mayor 
Kahn hasn’t allowed this BUT we have gained exemptions for bikes that 
can prove that their emissions are below the Euro 3 levels used. This is 
a big win for thousands of bikers with older machines that will now not 
have to pay £12.50 a day to ride in London. Exemption has also been 
granted for any bike over 40 years old.

As we’re all now aware, the big push in cities is all about air quality 
(especially particulate matter) and the relentless push towards public 
transport “for our health” (or to tax our arses off). Lembit came across 
a startling statistic that air quality in the underground network in 
London is 2900% higher than when standing at the side of a busy road in 
central London.

Membership, nationally, is slightly down (by 17 members) and this looks 
as though it could be the effects of the new GDPR regulations introduced 
last year. The reps only have a very limited time to chase up lapsed 
members before all their contact details have to be deleted, so please 
think on next time you renew and do it via direct debit so your 
membership is seamless.

It has been decided that ALL group reps will now be DBS (formally CRB) 
checked from now on. This is to ensure the safety of all our members and 
their families and to ensure the organisation is totally transparent.

Politically we’ve been making good progress in Calderdale with secure 
motorcycle parking and there’s an article by our political rep, Steve 
Bolton, in the latest Road magazine. The other four local authorities 
are also forging ahead with more secure parking. We just need to 
remember to carry a lock so we can take advantage of the parking rails.

Huddersfield MAG have been running a campaign to get the unlit bollard 
problem throughout Kirklees sorted out. Great progress has been made and 
there’s been a decent article in the Huddersfield Examiner.

After much pushing from myself and both our political reps, Steve Bolton 
and Ian Whitaker, we’ve finally cajoled the decision makers in the five 
West Yorkshire councils to get together and discuss the bus lane issue. 
Bus lane access for motorcycles is now written onto the 20 year 
transport policy for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, it now just 
needs implementation. Leeds as “lead” council have opposed bikes in bus 
lanes since we first approached them six years ago, but hopefully this 
meeting will force some action.

Over in Hull, Karl Freebury, who you will remember was the rider behind 
the theft awareness ride in Hull last April, is to meet with the Police 
_on 20th February_.  The Police are keen to have another big push with 
Operation Yellowfin in Hull, but Karl has again stated this will not 
involve another mass ride. Even though East Yorkshire MAG helped him 
massively by providing marshals for the very successful anti theft ride, 
Mr Freebury still refuses to join MAG.

Both of our political reps StevieB and Ian have been pulling out all the 
stops for MAG members throughout Yorkshire and they deserve our thanks.

I put an official complaint in against a councillor in Leeds who has 
constantly stood in our way and proved difficult. We received a slightly 
grovelling email back and hopefully we can push on with progress to 
ensure a better deal for bikers.

Here is the link to the current “Network” which will keep you informed 
with MAG happenings around the country. 
https://wiki.mag-uk.org/images/e/e1/Network_2019-02.pdf

Membership remains steady throughout the region as is generally the case 
at this time of year. When you come to renew, please think of doing it 
by direct debit as this way, it’s all done automatically and you 
continue being a MAG member.

On Sunday 10th February we held two Fred Hill memorial rides.
Despite the damp and chilly weather, 49 bikes, trikes and sidecars 
joined in the annual East Yorkshire MAG Fred Hill run on Sunday 10th 
February.  The route took the now traditional 20 mile ride into Hull 
City centre before heading west towards the Humber Bridge and back to 
our host pub, The Foresters in Beverley.  Non riding members were 
waiting to serve a welcoming hot brew, home made soup and hotdogs from 
which £82 was raised for MAG.
The second ride was from Squires Cafe, just outside Leeds and 
unfortunately the turnout was disappointing. 14 bikers joined in and my 
thanks goes to each one of them. Hopefully next year, people will 
reflect on why we do the Fred Hill Runs and make an effort to join one 
of the Yorkshire rides to remember a true biking hero who personifies 
the term “let the rider decide”

On Tuesday 12th February we had the Leeds MAG AGM. We had a good turnout 
and I was duly re elected along with a full committee of willing 
volunteers. Hopefully we can continue the great work we’ve been doing 
for the past few years. Anyone in Leeds or Bradford is more than welcome 
to come along to the meetings and join in the fun with a great bunch of 
bikers.

We’re still wanting to restart Scarborough MAG and York MAG or get a 
completely new group going in North Yorkshire. If anyone is willing to 
become a rep (it’s great fun and very rewarding) or even host a meeting, 
just to get a likeminded group of folk keeping in touch and pushing the 
MAG message, please give me a call (07867918722) or message me via 
email, text, Facebook etc. North Yorkshire is a big area and it’s a real 
shame we don’t have a North Yorkshire group or two, especially 
considering it’s a biking Nirvana.

Traditionally, this time of year is always a quiet one but behind the 
scenes at MAP HQ, everything is coming together nicely to give you the 
three best rallies on the biking calendar. Tickets are now on general 
sale and all the info you need is here 
https://www.mapevents.co.uk/tickets_where.html

We’re always on the look out for new marshals, because without our 
marshals we can’t put the rallies on. We’re almost like a family within 
a family and I can say from personal experience that marshalling at our 
rallies gives a whole new appreciation of them and is fantastic fun. 
Email mag.marshals at live.com <mailto:mag.marshals at live.com> for more 
details.

We’ve got a few events coming up in the next few months that you may 
want to add to your diaries.

*_Sunday 17th March_* - Yorkshire MAG and MAP meetings at The Royal 
Hotel LS28 8PR from 10am. All MAG members welcome.

*_Saturday 23rd March_* - Huddersfield MAG top box sale at CMA Jubilee 
Biker breakfast @ the Jubilee Centre, Paddock, Huddersfield _from 9.30 
am_ till _11.30 am_).

*_Saturday 23rd March_* - Leeds MAG presents An Evening With Ed March! 
Following the success of our previous motorcycle travel talks, we’ve 
managed to secure madcap C90 adventurer Ed March to come and talk to us. 
Check out his exploits on YouTube then come and meet the man himself

*_Wednesday 3rd April_* - Wakefield MAG’s 15th post Christmas auction. 
 From 8pm at The Grey Horse WF11JG. Feel free to donate any unwanted 
prezzies or just come along and bid on something and help raise money 
for MAG

*_Saturday 20th April_* - Easter MAGness , _7:30pm_ until late at the 
Foresters Arms, _1-7 Beckside, Beverley, HU17 0PR_ featuring band Tin 
Pan Ally

*_Sunday 28th April_* - Annual post Easter ride out, meeting ready for 
_a 10am_ start at the Foresters Arms, _1 - 7 Beckside, Beverley HU17 
0PR_, ride around East Yorkshire finishing at Seaways cafe, Fridaythorpe 
for a bite to eat.

*_Wednesday 8th May_* - Huddersfield MAG AGM @ The Field Head, Quarmby, 
HD3 4FB from 8pm. All MAG members welcome. Don’t forget your membership 
card if you want to vote.

Finally if you want to get more involved at a local level (and to really 
get the most out of your MAG membership, I strongly recommend that you 
do) here are the meeting details of the five Yorkshire MAG groups - 
though we are looking to expand with more groups so if you haven’t got 
one close by and fancy getting together with like minded bikers, get in 
touch with me at manny at mag-uk.org <mailto:manny at mag-uk.org>
We’re very lucky in having some very strong groups in Yorkshire, but we 
need the members to join in, so pop along to your local meeting and help 
to make a difference

East Yorkshire MAG meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 8pm at The 
Forresters Arms HU17 0PR

Huddersfield MAG meet every Wednesday from 8.30pm at The Fieldhead HD3 4FB

Leeds MAG meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8pm at The Royal Hotel 
LS28 8PR

South Yorkshire MAG meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 7pm at The Ball,1 
Hesley Bar, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, S61 2PW

Wakefield MAG meet every Wednesday from 8.30 at The Grey Horse WF1 1JG

Ride safe
Manny (Yorkshire MAG rep)
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