Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations
Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations (COMO)
Here you will find reports, progress and track the growing support following the submission of our 'Ride COVID Safe White Paper' to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps and teh approval of the National Council of Poilce Constables .
Wednesday 29th July
Latest version of COVID-19 Riding Guidelines gains National Police Chiefs Council stamp of approval.
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has issued a revised version of its COVID-19 Riding Guidelines. This third iteration of the guidance based on the latest changes to Government guidelines includes advice on group riding and first responder incident management. The coalition are delighted that the guidance has now received an official seal of approval from Nick Adderley, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for motorcycling.
The coalition has worked hard to distil Government coronavirus guidelines into a single guide relevant to motorcyclists. The guidelines have been updated to encompass recent changes in the constantly evolving advice designed to keep individuals and the wider community safe in these challenging times.
The new guidelines remind riders to plan carefully and to check Government websites including for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and any local lockdowns. They remind everyone not to ride if they are suffering symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who has had symptoms or tested positive. Other points of emphasis include: checking out COVID-19 security arrangements at indoor venues (but ideally not to meet indoors); keeping riding groups to no more than six; and observing distancing, hand hygiene and mask requirements at all times.
Tuesday 14th July
COVID 19 and Section meetings
As the current lockdown eases Sections are starting to resume their meetings but these need to be planned and managed so that appropriate measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID 19 virus. While the incidence of COVID 19 related
deaths is down, the prevalence of infection is still a very significant threat. A number of reports suggest that over 50 per cent of those testing positive for COVID 19 infection do not display symptoms but may nevertheless be capable of transmitting the virus
to others. We still need to urge caution, particularly given the relatively high average age of our members and the number of them who have existing conditions that would put them at greater risk of a more serious outcome if they were to become infected. For
the foreseeable future we cannot assume that we can now just go back to how things used to be. On the other hand, with care and planning we can still get out and enjoy riding our machines and meeting fellow members.
The following guidance is designed to encourage a discussion in the Club about good practice measures that Sections are taking to help members resume activities while remaining COVID safe and secure. Any official organising an event should study and follow the CoMOrg guidance on COVID 19 (accessible at https://www.mag-uk.org/the-coalition-of-motorcycli...). Due regard needs to be paid to differences in rules and advice in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Where possible, hold Section committee meetings using remote communication platforms like Zoom and Skype. Help those who are not familiar with these to get the hang of them.
In any VMCC run event adequate social distancing (2 metres apart at all times) and hygiene etiquette need to be maintained. Members can be asked to carry COVID safety kit with them such as face coverings and sanitising hand gel.
Those who are unwell or who have tested positive for the virus in the last 14 days (or have been in contact with someone in this category), should be asked to stay away.
An assessment of the venue for the meeting, including COVID security arrangements put in place by venue owners/operators, should be carried out beforehand to ensure that adequate social distancing can be maintained, including while parking, using toilets and other facilities.
Meetings should ideally be held outside and should not be so large that they cannot be organised as individual groups of six people. Asking members to notify their participation in advance can help with planning. If inside for any prolonged period, members should remain suitably socially distanced and also wear a mask.
If larger numbers are expected it may be possible to stagger assembly and departure times.
Only people from members' own households should help unload/load their machines from vans and trailers. It may be useful to remind people to stay apart when helping with breakdowns, adjustments etc. Crews of any vans used for recovery need to be fully COVID aware and prepared.
Members can be advised to bring their own refreshments, and organisers may wish to scout out suitable areas were they can picnic while socially distanced.
Consider what happens if it rains and what to do to avoid people crowding too closely together for shelter. (Use of individual umbrellas can help with social distancing in such situations.)
Consider the format for runs. Arrange for signing on and distribution of route instructions to be done remotely. Navigation events and scatters, which members can undertake solo or in small groups (up to six), have the advantage of being automatically socially distanced, and can be held over more than one day.
Standards of COVID secure behaviour vary widely at the moment across Society, some taking matters very seriously, others acting in a much more relaxed and therefore risky way. Communication before events to members of expectations with regard to COVID 19 security is very important but this needs to be done with tact and sensitivity to avoid any bad feeling.
Organisers should aim to have a 'wash-up' meeting after each Section meeting to see what went well, and not so well and tweak things for next time.
All Sections and members need to share information on how they are managing these challenges so the Club can disseminate good practice and novel solutions.
Stay safe, support one another and enjoy your riding.
Convenor, Regulatory Advisory Group
Wednesday 10th June
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have today published their updated COVID 19 Riding Guidelines for motorcyclists.
Including clear advice on group riding now that lockdown restrictions are relaxing, the guidelines allow motorcyclists to maintain their mental well-being by riding their bikes whenever they can legally and safely, whilst complying at all times with Government guidelines.
The revised guidelines also carry advice for COVID-safe incident management courtesy of James Sanderson, the founder of Biker Down.
The Coalition continues to await engagement with Government officials, a source of great dissatisfaction amongst the members. Despite the reticence being displayed by the Government, the Coalition remains committed to interpreting rapidly changing legislation and guidance and translating it into clear motorcycling related advice that will benefit all riders in all situations.
Lead authors of the updated guidance were the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Roger Bibbings and IAM RoadSmart Head of Riding Standards, Richard Gladman.
“As the COVID restrictions begin to relax it is important we remember how close we could be to further lockdown restrictions if the infection rate escalates. We as motorcyclists are duty-bound to help in any way we can, the relaxation has allowed us to gather in small groups as long as we adhere to social distancing rules. The guidance document we have prepared helps with best practice and is intended to help us court the right sort of publicity. Motorcycles are a safe viable form of socially distanced transport but also great support for mental wellbeing”
“Although the initial peak has now passed, COVID 19 remains a potentially deadly infection that can be passed on unknowingly to others. These guidelines are designed to help motorcyclists play their part in getting on top of the pandemic. They are relevant even to group rides that happen quite informally but which in practice still need to be led by someone. So ‘decide who is in charge’ and ‘stay COVID safe at all times’ are the two key messages for all motorcyclists who are riding together”.
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has also expanded its ranks. The member organisations are now the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF), IAM RoadSmart, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club (TOMCC) and Biker Down UK.
A full copy of the updated guidance can be found here