Iím not big on clubs or organisations, but in light of recent events concerning road rules and some of the posts Iíve seen on this and another local site I felt it was time I found how I, as "Joe public," might do my bit to help change things.
I joined the BCCOM and attended a meeting for the first time on Wednesday.
Cut to the chaseÖ.
I think this organisation has some clout and is certainly interested in fighting for our rights (+ all the people I met were great guys).
Itís not all Harley and Goldwing riders either, there is a mix, and several local clubs and organisations were represented.
They can offer knowledgeable legal support if required.
It (BCCOM) can only be strengthened by support from more people, and we as sportbike riders are already finding out that although bikers generally seem to be singled out for special attention, if youíre on a sportbike the likelihood is greater still.
Membership is $35. They have 2,000 members and Iím told that there are 260,000 class 6 drivers license holders in BC.
How loud would be their voice if 10% of that number were members!?
A few of them are going over to Victoria next week to lobby on OUR behalf.
Check it out for yourselves and come to the next meeting maybe. Iíll post the time if anyone is interested.
One of many interesting snippets which came out of the last meeting was a comment made regarding the display of BCCOM membership. It was stated that it is POSSIBLE, that a visible display of membership, like a sticker on your bike fírinstance, can quite possibly be the difference between a fine and a warning the next time you fall victim to a questionable stop. The Police know how well informed BCCOM are of their rights, and that they have access to lawyers who understand traffic law. One speeding ticket saved would pay for five years membership!!!
Iím a fairly recent import to this country, and have found that the artificially low speed limits and the cynical way in which they are over enforced, are the worst I have experienced anywhere.
Cap that off with this asinine law giving officers the power of witness, judge, and jury, and I see the potential pleasure of motorcycling being eroded further.
Give it some thought, what have you got to loose.