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It’s amazing how suddenly things have changed over the last month. The coronavirus outbreak has transformed society overnight.
Us bikers are no longer allowed to rush out and explore the roads and we know how frustrating that can be. Only essential travel is allowed. That means many bikes have been consigned to the garage and helmets now rest on kitchen tables, waiting for the lockdown to end. We might pop out for a short jaunt but that’s all we’re able to do at the moment.
At least that’s the story some bikers in the UK.
Many others in the biking community are making use of their unique ability to provide services for the local community. It’s the most uplifting part of this coronavirus pandemic – bikers of all ages are reaching out to help. People from all corners of society are taking part in acts of solidarity both big and small.
In the heart of Cornwall, a group calling themselves the Bodmin Bikers are delivering medicines and medical supplies to GP surgeries and pharmacies across the region. They also now deliver essential foods like milk and bread to members of the local community who aren’t able to get out of the house or are on the list of most vulnerable in society.
The team were organised through Facebook. The popular social media platform has enabled people to get in touch and tell the group what they need. There are currently 18 bikers on the team, including 16-year-old Dan:
“I think at this point I’ve probably done everything: medication, food, essentials. After all this is over, I think we’re all going to go out on a ride out. I think we are all one big family and we’ll stick together.”
Outlaw Biker Stuart Dawson has opened up an American style diner in the heart of Colwyn Bay, North Wales to provide food for homeless people in the region. Father of 6 Dawson, who has had several brushes with the law, hates to think of people going hungry during the crisis. He’s even had support from the local Chinese and an organisation called Soup ‘n’ Sox.
Since starting up the food delivery service, Dawson has seen an increase in not just homeless people needing food but those that have recently lost their jobs.
In Burslem in Stoke on Trent, the Phoenix Motorcycle Club there was quick to react when the lockdown came into effect. They’ve been delivering emergency supplies to local people, everything from toilet paper to milk and bread. Being able to get around on their bikes means that they can cover a wide area and help vulnerable people across the region.
While we’re all finding the lockdown difficult, bikers clubs and groups have a pretty strong track record of helping in their local communities. Just before the lockdown, Stalybridge Motorcycle Club held a rock night to raise money for homeless people in Tameside. The £2,000 collected from the event allowed them to provide housing for four people who are now able to self-isolate without the worry of being out on the street.
While we don’t quite know what the future holds, it’s gratifying to see so many bikers taking the initiative and getting out there to help their communities. It’s something that’s reflected across many communities around the world, not just those from the biking fraternity.
It just goes to show that, with a bit of ingenuity, we can all play our part.