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Afternoon fellow LAMkins

As I write this I look out on red tulips, spring sunshine and hear the sound of bikes, probably not sticking to the 30 mph posted speed limit.

The weather is much improved and apologies for the need to cancel the last few group meetings.

We know it looks like we overreact to conditions but when it’s five degrees or less, your brain spends a lot of time worrying about your core temperature and not necessarily the approaching hazard.

There isn't a perfect solution and because we are a road safety charity, we always err on the side of caution. Us Observers may have fur lined undies and are able to keep warm but not all Associates do.

Now we look forward to our first major trip of the year - to Norfolk, where the fields are bright yellow and it's the only place where, if you can't see around a tractor for an overtake you could (I don't recommend it without fear of harm or ridicule) ride straight under it and out the other side. I know I am short and ride a lowered GS but those tractors are massive.

Norfolk is the only place you can come home from and legitimately tell your partner you had crabs sandwiches!

Hopefully, the weekend is all you need to finish off your training and crack on for a summer pass or first.

When not riding I've been practising my map reading and way points input on the sat nav so that I don't end up further south of the Thames than I started! Ask me and I will tell you.

There is a new Highway Code out and I urge you all to read it because a lot has changed and there is a new road user hierarchy to consider when you are out there.

Don't use your phone or sat nav on the move unless of course you are a pedestrian and the then if you do, it's okay; the other road users will carry out the hazard assessment for you and take the appropriate action! In fairness this is what an advanced rider does anyway, they see the hazard and make the necessary adjustments to their riding plan - plan for what you see, what you can't see and what is to be reasonably expected.

Back to those bikes hooning through the village, it’s amazing to see how many are fine to speed, but quite a few of them pay no attention to the tightness of their chain, or can't be bothered to wear gloves!

Ride safe and see you at the next meeting.

Jane

 


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