NW Region Report Feb-March 2006


Sunday 12th Feb.

The 2nd North West Fred Hill Run. Well attended again, considering the weather conditions, and well organised by Red Rose MAG. Report submitted to the “Road”


Sunday 19th Feb

Local reps meeting at the Martin Inn, Scarisbrick. Main topics were the up and coming events across the NW, which will require many volunteers to successfully run the MAG stalls planned across the region this season. Minutes on NW website www.north-west-region.mag-uk.org


Saturday 4th March.

Launch of “RideSafe BackSafe” website (Lancashire’s version of Bikesafe) combined with the opening of the new showrooms of Wyder Honda, Preston. www.ridesafebacksafe.co.uk. Anyone logging on and registering, gets a very nifty leather credit card wallet.


Monday 13th March.

Attended the event organisation meeting of the “Thundersprint 2006.”

Members of NW MAG have kindly volunteered again, to help with marshalling the event, and distributing loads of leaflets, in exchange for free stall space (saving £300!!) over the weekend of 6-7th May. Event details can be found at www.thundersprint.co.uk


Thursday 14th March

Attended the RideSafe Forum Meeting at Lancashire Police HQ, Hutton. Main topic on the Agenda is the planned launch of the RSBS scheme on Easter Sunday in Morecambe, 16th April. MAG has been asked to put a stall on at the event, for which I am still trying to get more volunteers. Event is planned to take place along the Promenade, in front of the Midland Hotel if weather permits, or inside the Winter Gardens if rain threatens to spoil the day.


Wednesday 22nd March

             Attended a presentation put on by the ImechE, on the world’s first commercially available fuel cell motorbike, planned for launch during 2007. Very interesting and exciting technology, but the practicality of it, I think, is questionable, and the benefits seem minimal. Full report to follow for the “Road” when time allows.


Wednesday/Thursday 29th-30th March

            Took part in a pilot scheme of R.I.D.E. (Riders Improving and Developing their Experience). This is a scheme that has been developed by Lancashire County Council that will be offered to riders facing conviction for careless riding, which presently can carry a penalty of 6 points and up to £1000 fine.

 Found the course to be an excellent mix between classroom theory, and practical assessment, but just a shame, that when it goes live in May 2006, it will only be available to offenders. At least six other regional organisations are considering adopting the scheme, and a number of representatives were in attendance, including senior officials from various Police authorities. Full report to follow for the “Road” when time allows.


Other issues

Apart from the above, I have been contacting members over on the Isle of Mann looking for help and support to run a stall during TT 2006, and getting the necessary documentation in place required for the residential traders license. I am also looking at the possibility of getting the MAG Sport banners out again along the TT course. Have had a mixed reaction from the IOM members, but in general, I have been getting a very positive response, and feel that there could be enough enthusiasm to get Manx MAG back up and running.

            Also, I have been heavily involved in organisation of the Blackpool MAG “Fun & Frolics on the Fylde” Rally, 23-25th June 2006, which promises to be the best ever this year, so get your tickets early !! (Don’t mention the Lap-dancers!)


Tony NW Rep.