#BikersUnited Ride September 9th
Following our ride in August in support of the police, our other rides in July & April and other action by MAG, the UK Motorcycle Theft Protest, The Motorcycle Crime Prevention Community and other groups We Ride London is proud to stand along side other champions of our community at a united ride on September 9th through the streets of London.
The #BikersUnited ride is riding to demand changes to allow the police to effectively manage this crimewave while also ensuring the sentences act as a deterrent. The key points we are raising include:
- 65 bikes are stolen every day in London
- Increasingly violent means are used to attack riders including hammers, swords, knives & acid
- Insurance premiums are increasing while new bike sales plummet in London
- Our Police face bureaucratic barriers and a fear for their jobs that prevents them effectively fighting this crimewave
- Sentences for these attacks are not a deterrent and seen as a ‘badge of honour’ by criminals
- Tourists are turning away from London due to safety concerns.
The well publicised 'No Chase Policy' is core to this and while there are signs that we are winning the battle, the pressure needs to stay on. Biker & Bike has a great 5 part series covering the main issues. In addition though, we need the Independent Police Complaints Commission to be reigned in so Police can do their job without fear of prosecution or loss of livelihood.
We have a rides with three key objectives:
- Raise awareness with the public for our issues
- Apply pressure to policy and law makers
- Visit some of the crime hotspots to send a message to these criminals that we will not give up
We start as we did at the April We Ride London ride on the Outer Circle in Regents Park. From there we will ride through the West End before heading through boroughs in South and East London before ending our ride in Leyton.
There is a protest march in London so it's unlikely that we will be able to get to Parliament or Whitehall but that's OK - there is no-one in on the weekend!
Remember that as per all our rides that while we are trying to raise the profile of our causes, we are also trying to build the support from the public and blocking roads, burnouts, wheelies, donuts, over revving is not the way to do this and we will be categorised the same as very criminals we are trying to stop. We have operated this successfully the last two rides and will continue with this approach.
We have created A4 and A6 flyers for you to print - save the images below.
We will continue to run weekend We Ride London rides moving around London. They will all stay within the M25 but likely to be outside of the North/South circular whereas the weekday rides will stay within North/South circular.
The Final Route
We will meet on the Outer Circle in Regents Park at 10:30AM on Saturday the 9th of September. The detailed route will not be published as we may need to adjust for traffic and road closures due to the protest march happening.
The aim of the ride is to raise awareness of our cause with the public as well as show the elected officials that we are serious about these issues. We will not stop anywhere on route but will ride slowly and with traffic to cause maximum impact.
After the ride we would like you all to write to your elected officials as well as policy makers. A blog has been published here which gives you a draft letter alongside details of how to find who to write to. This will really make a difference and you should all do it!
As per the guidelines below, we will ride with respect and within the law at all times. Remember there is a fine line between causing mayhem and therefore losing the support of the public and generating a positive impression that brightens up someone's commute.
- You are riding on your own insurance and own liability
- By taking part you acknowledge that you have a valid license, insurance and a road legal bike
- Any antisocial behaviour (eg donuts, burnouts, wheelies) will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave the ride
- Ride with respect and obey the rules of the road
- Show the public we are law abiding and nice people!
- Any road legal bike is welcome wearing whatever you want. We would encourage an open faced helmet but leave it up to you
- You will notice motorcycle police observing the ride in addition to uniformed police on foot at the start point
If any of this makes you uncomfortable please do not take part in the ride, support in other ways
- There are no scheduled stops along the ride
- We will ride for approximately 3 hours
- There are no toilets at the start or stop
- Arrive with a full tank
- We will be operating the cornerman system to keep everyone moving
- We will not filter through traffic to make the highest impact
- There is a good rideout guide below for other tips
Have Your Voice Heard
After the ride we would like you all to write to your elected officials as well as policy makers. A blog has been published here which gives you a draft letter alongside details of how to find who to write to. This will really make a difference and you should all do it! Please take the take to customise it to your style so everyone doesn't get exactly the same letter from us all!
We'd welcome ideas for the next ride. We will continue weekend and weekday rides. The weekend rides are as much about maintaining the We Ride London community as they are about raising awareness so the rides will include less time around Westminster and City Hall and more time riding around London landmarks. Weekday rides have the highest impact but will run a slightly different format for our weekend rides.
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