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Ride to Work Day 2009


In recent years, The Motor Cycle Industry Association have promoted National Motorcycling Week which occurs this year, from 12th – 18th July, with a National Ride to Work Day on Wednesday 15th July.

By now, many motorcyclists, and the motorcycle press are aware of how positive Cleveland Police are in supporting motorcyclists, and supporting Rider Development with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of people killed or seriously injured in any type of collision. Of course they recognise that motorcyclists are more vulnerable which is why they work WITH Motorcyclists FOR Motorcyclists.

When Officers in the Force’s dedicated Bike Section saw the date of National Ride to Work Day, once again, they were keen to support it and make efforts to raise the profile of motorcyclists nationally.

In past years, in keeping with the spirit of National Ride to Work Day, Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Constable, Derek Bonnard has supported Motorcyclists by donning his helmet to do just that and ridden in to work.

DCC Bonnard said “Not only is motorcycling a convenient, environmentally - friendly and efficient mode of transport, when used correctly, and with the right protective equipment it can turn a tedious drive to work into a much more enjoyable experience”.

This year Cleveland Police Bike Section want to again support National Ride to work day 2009 which is set for Wednesday July 15th by providing an escort for all motorcyclists who want to take part. They are hoping for another large uptake. Anybody wishing to join in should meet up at 7am on Wednesday 15th July at Preston Hall and Museum, Yarm Road, Stockton on Tees, for a 7.30am departure.

The Bike officers will then provide a full VIP style escort and ride out, through Stockton, Thornaby and Middlesbrough, finishing at Punch Street, Cannon Park, Middlesbrough, where bikers can have a free Bikers Breakfast and a cuppa before making their way to work in their own time.

Sergeant Nick Walker who heads up Cleveland Police Motorcycle Section said “Cleveland Police are keen to support and host this event which was a first and still remains quite unique for National Ride to Work Day. In the early years, we thought about just going out on patrol and acknowledging bikers travelling to work, but we went from that to developing a full blown VIP style escort for bikers who want to take part in a ride out. Our Bike section are very positive in supporting motorcyclists, and we feel that by doing something like this it will have a much greater impact for National Ride to Work Day than people travelling individually”.

Any kind of motorcyclist is welcome to attend and take part in the ride out, from Moped Riders through to Superbike Riders and you don’t have to be going to work, you could be days off or retired, just come along and help Cleveland Police Bike Section promote Motorcycling and enjoy a free breakfast courtesy of Cleveland Police.

So, if you want to be part of this unique ride out and create a massive impact for motorcyclists in the region, come along to Preston Park at 7am on Wednesday 15th July, have a fun ride to work and then, when you finish, have a breakfast and coffee on Cleveland Police before you go on your way.

Nick Walker
Cleveland Police Motorcycle Section
Road Policing Unit

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That sounds really impressive that.. and local too

unfortunately for me its too late in the day and i'd never make it to my work in time and it would end up turning into national 'get sacked' day:confused:
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