Hope his grandson wants a bike
I've just sent him the following, not that he'll read it...
So, around 650 motorcyclists die each year, leading you to call for family members to discourage motorcycling. On average, some 3500 car drivers die each year too. Do you advocate banning the car? I presume not.
It is unfair to make sweeping statements, without taking relevant facts into account. How many of the motorcyclists were killed by car drivers? How many car drivers killed pedestrians? Should we now stop walking anywhere? Of course not.
Education and training are the best way to protect all road users. Motorcyclists endure extensive training, before being able to ride without restriction - not so for car drivers. Learning to drive at the hands of a friend or family member, followed by a short test is deemed to be sufficient to enable a 17 year old to drive a 150mph vehicle for example.
On the continent, many teenagers ride mopeds and scooters from the age of 14. They learn roadcraft through experience, making them better car drivers, fully aware of the vulnerability of motorcyclists. Perhaps this is the way forward. Get everyone to ride a motorbike for 2 years, before driving a car.
Perhaps the Widowmaker numbers will fall, if everyone took the time to drive safely, with full regard for other road users. Perhaps not.
One other thing to think about - there is a good chance, that the next motorcyclist that passes you, is actually a female, taking the oportunity to reduce congestion on our roads, or a lawyer, on the way home from court - or maybe an MP, just out to enjoy himself regardless of any impact he may have on anyone else.