Dear Prof Murphy: Please let us ride!

Dear Chief Medical officer pandemic coronavirus please let us ride

Dear Chief Medical Officer, please let us ride again.

You look like a reasonable man. And we know you and everybody’s dear ol’ dad ScoMo are seriously considering relaxing the restrictions during this horrible pandemic.

So please let us ride.

Your own coronavirus hotline and every state and territory heath department thinks riding a motorcycle is exercise. We just need you to remind the cops! 

So please, please let us ride.

We understand you are concerned with our health. Thanks for that. We sincerely appreciate your concern.

But please remember our mental health as well.

Data and analytics company GlobalData says the enforced social isolation rules, along with the death threat from Covid-19 and financial disruption will increase mental disorders such as depression lead ing to a major increase in sales of drugs for psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder for many years to come.

You don’t want an epidemic of depression and suicide to follow this epidemic, do you?

So pretty please won’t you just let us ride to exercise our bodies and minds!

If you do …

We promise:

  • To socially distance, even keeping 1.5 metres from cyclists!
  • To not carry a pillion unless they are from our household with whom we’ve been in home detention these past fifty million weeks or so.
  • We won’t take off our gloves when we refuel our bikes … heck, we won’t even take off our helmets when we go inside the servo to pay!
  • We won’t go to crowded beaches, parks or shops, but head off into the lonely hills and valleys.
  • Unlike cyclists, we won’t treat our suburban streets as our own personal race track, leaving a vapour trail of coronavirus sweat behind us to infect passersby.
  • And finally, we promise to do the rider wave rather than the Ulysses secret handshake!Motorcycle wave heart

If you will please just let us ride again!

Yours sincerely,

Motorbike Writer

7 Comments

  1. I’m the first to agree the lock down can be hard work….but then so is trying to breathe with broken lungs. I think we all need to stop being so precious. If we are allowed to ride anywhere won’t cars be allowed???Do we want to spread this bug to all our friends and family members, do we want to be Spain, Italy, US, UK?? The lockdown is WHY we have so FEW deaths.
    Think carefully before you wish, you might get a nasty surprise with your freedom!!

  2. A properly written submission, sans the sarcasm, would probably go a long way at the moment. Both levels of government have indicated they are keen to see a submission from the NRL (who seem incapable of preparing one) so why not motorcycling? At times like these the lack of a peak body for recreational motorcycling is really telling with MQ still wholly focused on competitive motorcycling. The other challenge is that recreational motorcyclists are a broad church and include some who, on their best days, don’t give too much thought to laws and social guidelines.
    Still, you have touched on some valid reasons why motorcycling is relatively low risk Mark and you have a platform to speak from so why not write something?

  3. A properly written submission, sans the sarcasm, would probably go a long way at the moment. Both levels of government have indicated they are keen to see a submission from the NRL (who seem incapable of preparing one) so why not motorcycling? At times like these the lack of a peak body for recreational motorcycling is really telling with MQ still wholly focused on competitive motorcycling. The other challenge is that recreational motorcyclists are a broad church and include some who, on their best days, don’t give too much thought to laws and social guidelines.
    Still, you have touched on some valid reasons why motorcycling is relatively low risk Mark and you have a platform to speak from so why not write something?

  4. Re filling up at the servo….I use the BPme app and don’t have to take helmet off or go inside.. Amazed Shell hasn’t come up with same.

  5. Nanny state power grab is going to be hard to wean off.They’re going to mess with us till the banks squeal then they’ll put up rego and fuel tax as a cure all.

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