I Emailed him too...
It is a bit of a rant but it all just came streaming out...lets see if i get anything back....
Good Afternoon Barry I understand from the motorcycling press that you have made comment that motorcycle riders, like myself, are “widow-makers and orphan-makers" and you urge people to ask male loved ones not to ride and that this is "disgraceful in a civilized society".
Using your statistics of road deaths i would be intrigued to know how many were caused by un-repaired or faulty roads and by four wheeled vehicles? I would also argue that the state of our roads is what is "disgraceful in a civilized society" given the amount we pay in fuel tax and vehicle duty and would like you to answer that question specifically given your affiliation with road safety.
I would also question why you specified male riders as there is vast community of female riders out there too.
I also would not have compared road deaths to that of service men and women given it was your government who decided to start a war with no real purpose other than to cosy up a special relationship with the USA which surely would make your government the “widow-makers and orphan-makers".
As a motorcyclist and recent father I take my choice of vehicle very seriously and, as do the vast majority of riders, wear full protective leathers, boots, back protectors, gloves, high-visibility over bib and helmet - way beyond the legal requirement. However to take the keys to the bike or the car is MY choice and one made out of experience and understanding if what riding a motorcycle means and the duty of care I have to myself, my family and other road users. I appreciate your views as part of a wider road safety remit but why not ask people who drive high performance cars, ride horses on the roads or cycle without any form of protection to do the same rather than pick out one form of transport – especially one with a very loyal and vocal community – you probably would have saved yourself a lot of bother. I
’m not expecting anything other than a generic reply, but who knows perhaps you’ll restore my faith in politicians but I strongly doubt that.
Regards, Andrew Terry