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20-08-2007 MAG Heading to Europe

Issued 20th August  2007

On the 5th September 2007, the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) will be heading to Europe for the 11th Annual MEP motorcycle ride from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Organised by the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA), of which MAG is an active member organisation, the annual ride with Members of the European Parliament is a unique opportunity for riders from all over Europe, to exchange ideas and discuss motorcycle issues directly with decision makers.

The focus for this year's ride will be on three issues regarding Urban Transport and Motorcycle Safety:

  • The presentation of FEMA's revised "European Agenda for Motorcycle Safety" document which is an in-depth report outlining riders' viewpoints on road safety issues.

  • The European Commission's Green Paper on Urban Transport which highlights the role that European riders can play to address pollution, congestion and road planning in urban areas.

  • To draw attention to the initial rejection of a European Infrastructure Directive by the TRAN Committee in the European Parliament, which included advice for a safer road environment for motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.

MAG's, General Secretary, Trevor Baird says, "The annual MEP ride gives the twenty three organisations that make up FEMA the chance to sit down in front of their MEPs to discuss national and pan European issues. The event has become an essential part of MAG's lobbying and is one of the most popular events for European parliamentarians. The event not only presents the serious side of motorcycling but significantly gives them an opportunity to experience the fun of motorcycling." 

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Notes To Editors

  • For further details view the MEP Ride website at www.mep-ride.eu

  • Invitation to the press Here

  • Before becoming the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA), the Federation of European Motorcyclists (FEM) decided in 1996 to organise its first MEP Motorcycle Ride.

    The concept of the event was to bring together motorcycling citizens from all over Europe and their elected representatives for an informal and enjoyable event, giving MEPs the opportunity to experience the pleasure of motorcycling, while at the same time better understand motorcycle related issues.

    It has now become a traditional event, well known at the European Parliament. With the full support of FEMA's French affiliate FFMC67 (Strasbourg section), the MEP Ride attracts over 150 participants, including MEPs, their Assistants, FEMA members, and other stakeholders. 

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Trevor Baird
General Secretary (MAG UK)

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