June 3 2005.
The Motor Cycle Industry Association is encouraging people with and without motorcycle licences to think about the benefits of two wheels and join in the National Motorcycle Week (17TH - 24TH July) celebrations.
'You've Thought About It - Now do It' is the campaign theme for 2005. At the end of 2004, there were 1,060,000 bikes, scooters and mopeds licensed for the road in Great Britain, an increase of 5.5% compared to 2003. This demonstrates a growing interest in motorcycling and suggests there are many people who are thinking about getting started but need prompting to get active.
Motorcycling can offer something for people of all ages and abilities, and there are some activities people can take part in without a full motorcycle licence. Enjoying motorcycling doesn't mean you even have to ride. Watching the professionals' race can be as exciting as actually taking part.
During National Motorcycle Week events will be taking place across the country and people can find out more about them by logging onto the MCIA's website and going to the National Motorcycle Week section. There is also a pack available for people who are interested in running an event.
What Can I Do In National Motorcycle Week?
Pillion Ride - If you've got friends, relatives or even work colleagues with a bike ask them to take you out for a spin. Ride to Work Day is on 20th July so why not see how many people at work can travel by bike.
Get Off-Road - There are lots of different off-road activities people can try from trials to speedway. Find out more from the website
Get A Licence - The first step to getting a licence is a CBT (compulsory basic training). Contact your local trainer to book your test or find out more from the industry's fact sheet 'How to Get A Licence' in the public section of
Watch A Race - As National Motorcycle Week comes to an end the Moto GP gets underway at Donnington, so either get a ticket or get some friends round, turn on the telly and admire the skills of the professionals.
Samantha Tyson-Evans MCI's Press and PR Officer said, " National Motorcycle Week is a fun week for celebrating motorcycling and highlighting the many benefits associated with it. Hobbies, keeping fit, commuting and holidays are just some of the things bikes and scooters can be used for.
" Anyone who is fed up with traffic congestion or public transport should seriously think about getting on two wheels to get to work."
An event and information pack is available on the website in the new National Motorcycle Week section.