Adele Tompkins, BCCOM’s Executive Director, had just returned from a visit to Ontario where she represented the Coalition at a round table meeting of similar groups from other provinces. There is no doubt that BCCOM is held in quite high esteem by these other organisations. None have achieved as much.
The idea of the get together was to lay the groundwork for a united Canadian motorcycle representative group with more clout than the individual provinces, and to exchange ideas.
One issue that was discussed was Noise - It could be a very significant factor in the enjoyment of our hobby, and should not be underestimated. Quebec in fact, now has Eighteen towns where bikes are banned completely! Residents have to truck or trailer their bikes out of town to even start them.
Do your bit by exercising restraint with the right wrist when in town or residential areas. Regrettably I doubt that we can do anything about the Milwaukee crowd - who are the worst offenders ("Loud pipes save lives"- yeah right - one day in the not too distant future you may be able to put a sticker on your cage, "Loud pipes cost me my hobby").
Insurance and the cost thereof - Several weeks of real research was put into this hot potato, and Adele presented some hard facts which cannot be argued. She picked four categories of machine, and got quotes for a fictitious 35 year old with ten years riding experience, based on identical coverage. (Apples for Apples)
ICBC = $1578
Alberta = $1406
ICBC/Megson = $1088
ICBC Vancouver = $2413
Edmonton = $2650
ICBC = $1728
Alberta = $1328
ICBC/Megson = $1340
I didn’t get the details of the fourth - sorry. Some things to note are, that the riding season is shorter in Alberta, and BC has the highest Accident and Claim rate of any province in Canada!
There is a strong undercurrent to get all the off road trails we have, closed for vehicular access. Without resistance from groups like BCCOM it will happen. Be advised.
I apologize for the sketchy form of this report but I don’t profess to any ability at shorthand, and whilst listening to what is being said, my notes are somewhat incomplete. The content is, I believe, accurate. If anyone else present would like to add to, or correct what I have said, then they are most welcome.
Support BCCOM with your membership at least - if not your time.