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    The Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA) has called upon the new Chancellor Rishi Sunak to not only deliver on the Conservative election manifesto pledge of investing £2 billion to repair potholes but to also provide a mechanism for the long-term, assured investment in road maintenance. Mr Sunak, is due to present his budget on 11th March.

    Mike Harper, RSTA Chief Executive said: “It costs on average £52m2 to repair a pothole against the mere £2.50m2 to surface dress and maintain a road. A provision of real levels of long-term assured investment would enable highway authorities to implement planned programmes of road maintenance. This would ensure the good condition or road surfaces and prevent defects and potholes from forming in the first place. Preventative maintenance would be a far more cost effective approach that expensive patch-and-mend.”

    In addition to delivering the Conservative election manifesto pothole pledge, Harper called upon the Chancellor to commit to an injection of £1.5 billion a year to address the local road £9.7 billion maintenance backlog by investing just 2p a litre from the existing fuel duty, provide a funding settlement that enables planned five-year maintenance programmes and address the funding disparity between the strategic road network and the local road network. The strategic road network maintenance receives 53 times more funding per mile than local roads. Yet the vast majority of journeys are undertaken on the local road network.

    Harper said: “The local road network is the UK’s greatest infrastructure asset and is worth some £400 billion. With every road journey starting and ending on a local road, a well-maintained local road network is essential to the national social well-being and economic prosperity. Furthermore, post-Brexit, and as part of levelling-up’ the regions, the government wants to prove that Britain is ready and open for business. The provision of a well-maintained local road network is fundamental to achieving that objective.”



  2. National Road Rally "The BEST excuse ever for a ride out" 6th & 7th July 2019

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    Be part of one of the UK's BEST Biking Road Rallies... If you can ride a motorcycle and read a map, the ultimate biker's destination has to be The National Road Rally!

    With a range of entry levels there is a route for everyone, beginner to seasoned rider. Set your own target from 120 to 540 miles. Controls are situated countrywide so never to far from home. Why not make it a team effort and form a team with friends or fellow club members. Finish your ride at one of the multiple final controls positioned around the country.

    venue: Multiple Start Controls placed through out the country. See website for more information and previous years control matrix's.

    price: Pre-book: £30 per rider/£10 passenger - Closing date 19th June.

    National Road Rally The BEST excuse ever for a ride out, BMF, UK, 2019

  3. Biker, have YOU got a 'Biker I.C.E. Card'?

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    In recent years, motorcyclist deaths have decreased, but serious injuries have increased. However, in 2017 motorcyclist deaths in South Yorkshire have increased. Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM) is a charity that trains motorcyclists in advanced riding skills, thus making motorcyclists safer on UK roads. When a biker does have an accident emergency services need relevant health information immediately. So, SAM has developed the Biker I.C.E. Card and are giving it away free to any biker who wants it. They will then know that, in the event of an accident, essential health information is in their wallet/purse/pocket readily available to emergency services staff at the scene.

    Accidents to motorcyclists result in much more serious injuries than other road users. All methods of carrying personal 'in-case-of-emergency' (I.C.E) information have real flaws. There is often very limited information to hand, or it can only be accessed remotely when the biker is taken to hospital. It can be difficult to keep personal and health information up to date.  SAM recognised the problems and designed an easy method, the Biker I.C.E.Card, of giving every biker the ability to carry information that will help emergency services staff at the scene of an accident and/or staff at a hospital.

    The Biker I.C.E. Card has all the information about a biker's identity, emergency contact, medication, ongoing illnesses and disabilities, etc. Such information is vital to emergency services staff to help in safeguarding the health and welfare of a biker casualty.

    The Biker I.C.E. Card is a FREE, downloadable, editable pdf file - Go Click 

    Sheffield Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM), a charity of volunteer bikers, provides the full range of IAM RoadSmart advanced riding courses. We recognised that existing methods of carrying 'in-case-of-emergency' information have flaws. Such information may have very limited content, only be accessible remotely by a limited number of people and/or may be contained in electronic devices that may be either locked or damaged in an accident. In addition, the user may not have an easy, readily available method of changing or replacing their information to keep it relevant to their current health and welfare. The 'Biker I.C.E. Card' is printed onto A5 card/paper from any desktop printer. We recommend that the printing is protected by a spray fixative or it can be put into a small plastic pouch. A helmet sticker alerts the emergency services staff to the location of the 'Biker I.C.E. Card'. The card can be folded down to half the size of a credit card for easy storing in a biker's pocket/wallet/purse.

  4. A free event - Sam Childers, The Real Machine Gun Preacher is coming back to Hayling Island 16th March 2018...

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    To date, Sam has rescued over 1,500 children from the hands of evil warlords who make sons kill their parents and who take small female children away and exploit them in the sex and slave trade and he currently feeds over 12,000 children, widows and orphans a day.

    Sam Childers: The Real Machine Gun Preacher - Speaking about his work Rescu "I will guarantee that you will never meet a preacher like Sam again.... He is unique - a one-off."

    In his former life, he dealt drugs and was an enforcer (a hired gun) for one of America’s most notorious motorcycle gangs, before his conversion to Christianity and him finding his mission - to save children in war-torn East Africa.

    In 2013 Sam received the Mother Teresa Award for International Social Justice (the largest award of its type in the world for International Social Justice) and he is the only American ever to be bestowed with that honour (the Dalai Lama and UK House of Lords rep, Baroness Caroline Cox were also bestowed with this award in previous years). Sam Childers - Mother Teresa Award for International Social Justice

    Bikers are very welcome to this event, especially as Sam is a biker. Go along and listen to this great inspiring man speak and bring as many fellow bikers with you as you wish to. Just pre-book to secure your space.

    The organisers have even arranged to have MGP (Machine Gun Preacher) and AOEAUK (Angels of East Africa UK) biker patches available on the day. Sam Childers - Angels of East Africa UK - The Real Machine Gun Preacher

    There will also be books, dvd’s and t-shirts available for those who wish to purchase them and Sam will gladly sign them for you.

    venue: Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island, Hampshire, PO11 0HB

    The event is free and if you would like to attend, then just contact Mark or Deborah Dawes on 02392 460815 or by email at [email protected] to secure your space.

    A free event - Sam Childers, The Real Machine Gun Preacher (not the Hollywood Gerard Butler), is coming back to Hayling Island 16th March 2018...

    See more information here 

    Sam Childers - Angels of East Africa UK - The Real Machine Gun Preacher

  5. Museum Legends - On-line Shop updated for Christmas

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    The National Motorcycle Museum is delighted to announce that our “Museum Legends” on-line retail shop has now been updated in time for Christmas. 
    Our on-line shop boasts lots of classic motorcycling related items as well as our own museum branded clothing.

    Full of Christmas gift ideas for the classic two wheel enthusiast, “Museum Legends” will solve all those gift problems in one go!  

    Museum Director James Hewing commented: “We are all really excited about the range of new products that we are now stocking in our shop. The museum probably has the best motorcycling bookshop in the world and it’s a great to be able to offer the complete range of books plus all our unique motorcycling gifts to purchase on-line”.    

    The National Motorcycle Museum web site & Museum Legends on-line shop  lists hundreds more products than it would be possible to showcase in a traditional print version of a mail order catalogue. This is especially true of the over 4500 photocopy sets of technical publications from our Bruce Main-Smith archive, all of which can be viewed and purchased on-line.
    Also featured is our famous “Friends of The National Motorcycle Museum” membership scheme which gives many unique opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else. 
    A “Friends” membership makes the perfect Christmas gift! brings our “Museum Legends” retail offering into your living room as a secure & user friendly on-line shopping experience.