Rusty riders return to a different world
users who previously rode a motorcycle are returning to 2 wheels
without polishing up their riding skills and this is causing serious
concern for RideSafe BackSafe. Known as ‘born-again bikers’,
they are typically middle-aged motorcyclists who owned a bike for a
few years in their teens and early 20's, before trading it in for a
first car. With the cost of motoring on the increase some are now
returning to motorcycling as a cheaper and more enjoyable form of
RideSafe BackSafe Project Co-ordinator Shelby Williams, explains;-
“As a road safety initiative dedicated to motorcyclists, we
are talking to increasing numbers of born-again bikers at dealership
open days, bike meets, other events and through the website forum.
Although they love being back on a bike, many are telling us that
they feel rusty and much more vulnerable on the roads than they used
There is now
more traffic and aggressive behaviour on the roads than there was 10
or 20 years ago, but this also suggests that road users generally
become more aware of the risks as they get older. This is why we
have incorporated a new Training Directory on the RideSafe BackSafe
RideSafe BackSafe is urging motorcycle returnees to get their riding
techniques assessed and refresh their skills through training days.
Many schemes are available through registered training schools,
representative bodies, charities such as IAM (Institute of Advanced
Motoring) and county council initiatives. Some schemes even offer
free assessments and subsidised fees.
Shelby Williams continues;- “It is possible to buy a
high-powered machine for just a few thousand pounds and the overall
cost of fuel, servicing, road fund licence and an MOT can be
significantly less than for a car. In difficult economic times, this
is enticing former bikers back on to 2 wheels but we need to
encourage them to take training; almost as a part of a ‘package
deal’. Protective clothing and body armour has also developed
significantly in recent years and new gear could offer much, much
More information about RideSafe BackSafe and the new Training
Directory can be viewed at:-
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SOUTHPORT LANDLORD JOINS SEARCH TO CROWN PUB POET!
AS the nation
rediscovers verse, thanks mainly to the BBC’s Poetry Season, a
Southport landlord is looking for the best Pub Poet from Lancashire
to represent the region in a national competition.
The search for The Pub Poet is being launched to coincide with a
‘golden ale’ festival being held in The Hesketh Arms on Botanic Road
and 10 other Vintage Inns in the region, throughout July and August.
The regional winner, chosen from entries from the pub, and the other
Vintage Inns in the Lancashire collection will have their verse
judged against winners from 22 other Vintage Inns collections - and
a national winner will then be chosen.
One of the award winning golden ales on offer is Young’s Kew Gold
and to tie in with the 250 year celebrations of the Royal Botanical
Gardens at Kew, the national winner will land a VIP weekend -for
four people - in London including rail travel, accommodation,
champagne picnic and tickets for Kew Gardens.
Landlord of The Hesketh Arms, Rick Butterworth, explains:-
“Can there be anything much more inspirational, when it comes to
writing poetry, than enjoying a quiet a pint of golden ale on a warm
summer’s evening? We have decided to join the other Vintage Inns in
the Lancashire collection to find the best poet in the region. Their
verse will be published along with those of the winners from around
the country and we’ll be asking customers to vote for their
favourite in an online poll.”
To keep a flavour of local inns in the verses, it has been decided
that any poem entered must contain a reference to Lancashire and one
of the six beers included in the real ale festival. So before
putting pen to paper entrants may want to visit the Hesketh Arms
download a specially written guide to pubs in the Lancashire
collection as well as the tasting notes for all the beers in the
Entries must be sent by
email and entrants should
put The Hesketh Arms in the subject line of their email and include
their name and telephone number in the email itself. The deadline is
July 2009. And as well as having their poetry published, the national
winner will win a VIP summer weekend in London and Kew Gardens - fit
for a prince of poetry!