IAM RoadSmart have advised us that they are continually monitoring the current lockdown situation taking into account all government advice. They state that Group motorcycle rides and observed runs do NOT fit in with the guidelines. The restrictions are in place for a valid reason to slow the spread of the virus. If you are going for a ride on your bike within the guidelines, be sensible - as Advanced motorcyclists we are all ambassadors for motorcycling and we should be promoting a sensible attitude. Stay local, build your skills back up and make sure your stay safe.
Please do not come in for criticism by jumping the gun on group rides or attempting observing.
We are saddened by the news that Alistair Cheyne has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Alistair was brought up in Aberdeen and was formally deputy Managing Director of the AA before joining IAM as Chairman in 2009. He served in that role till 2015.
Our Neil Warden met him on a number of occasions at IAM National conferences and said: Alistair was a very strong supporter of road safety and took a particular interest in the activities of the Aberdeen Group. He had a great sense of humour and always took time to speak to everyone." He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
We would like to convey our sincere condolences to his family.
Here, we are pleased to present our latest newsletters which tell you about things we've been doing. We also publish special bulletins concerning road closures which could effect our local car and motorcycle members.
Note that we only keep newsletters covering the last 9 months on this webpage.
(Last reviewed May 2020)
In this feature, we post articles essentially focussing on driving safety matters, which are appropriate to our region.
In the top document, we provide a brief summary of what the Department for Transport is planning for our future in their Road Safety Statement published in July 19. The next document also focusses on road safety and how Average Speed Cameras have improved driver behaviour in our Region.
The next document provides Motorbike riders with a pictorial reminder of POWDERY checks and to complement that, we have also given car drivers a pictorial guide to cockpit checks before getting ready to move off in a diesel or petrol fuel car. (We will sort one for hybrids or electric vehicles in the near future.)
Potholes are very damaging to cars and bikes and it is important that those responsible for our roads are made aware of such hazards. We have included a document telling you how to report them to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils so that they can repair these faults and make our roads safer for everyone.
In the last of the listed bulletins, we learn about hazards that a truck driver has to contend with at roundabouts or junctions and what you as a driver or motorcyclist can do to help the driver of a 40te plus truck. Many of you will be familiar with such problems on Anderson drive.
(Last update - May 2020.)