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Yes, it’s here again, your weekly SAM Club Newsletter. Are bike thefts becoming more violent? This week a couple of moped riders forced a biker to stop, set fire to the moped they were riding and rode off on the bike they had forced to stop. According to a post on the South Yorkshire Bikers Facebook page, Ann Pullin, a volunteer Whiteknights Blood Bikes rider, was collecting a Blood Bike at the RHH when her own bike was stolen! So, in this week’s digest there is some advice on stopping your bike from being stolen. 

Did you know that the UK is ranked the 18th safest place to ride. Apparently is down to our lax blood alcohol laws. Although alcohol can be a cause of motorcycle accidents there are some other causes that you can read about in this edition. Improving biker safety has definitely been in the news this week. Speed limiters will be mandatory on new cars (bikes may be next!) from July 2022 and Honda are testing a new Riding Assist system to detect, control and prevent bike accidents. UK law enforcement are testing a new speed camera. It has 360° surveillance capability and a lot of other features they are not talking about. They will be able to see how fast the hedge is going when it’s stood at the side of the road. MAG is still pursuing their campaign to allow bikers to use bus lanes across the UK. In France, there is a new scheme for electric only licensing for scooters and motorcycles.

In the new ‘What’s On?’ section there is a notice about the next Normous Newark Autojumble. However, SYSRP/F&R are looking for a charity partner to sell discounted, second-hand motorcycle gear to young riders. All the proceeds would go to the charity. This initiative is supported by the Bluebell Wood charity, but they had to close their retail premises and there would be no retail outlet for the stock. The second-hand biking gear can be stored at Bluebell Wood’s local storage facility. So, if you know of a charity that would like an extra revenue stream whilst helping young riders and helping bikers to pass on their spare gear just email  Joanne Wehrle. Until next week. 

Steve Bennett is still taking donations for his 24-hour charity ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats on the 21st of June. Finally, as if we haven’t endured enough with persistent COVID, there are quite a few SAM Club members who are having a difficult time with some serious health problems. Everyone in your Club sends you the very best wishes at this difficult time in life. Stay in touch to share more stories about bikes, bikers and biking.

SAM Club members can find all the latest Club events on the website’s Calendar. Read, enjoy and share your Club’s newsletter with ALL your friends and family. Until next week stay healthy and ride safely.

 If you’re making the most of the lovely weather, please consider carrying our FREE Biker I.C.E. Card. It gives emergency services staff vital information about the right treatment for you, should you be involved in an accident. SAM Club – dedicated to helping YOU to be a safer rider.

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