Motorcycle Ride-Out With The French Gendarmes
File under France Uniformed
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
The French Gendarmes are organizing their 9th annual ride-out. Everyone can participate, you don't need to wear a badge and a gun! All you need is a valid motorcycle license and a motorcycle (a scooter will work too).
On the 17th of May, in the French Alps , starting in Grenoble, the French cops will take you on a 100km long ride through the mountains. The Gendarmes are all from the mountain unit, so they know the passes and mountains like the inside of their pockets. So this promises to be a great ride...
In the afternoon, the cops will be showing you a thing or two about first aid, motorcycle control and for those that have been given a choice between a speeding fine or a sensitivity course, they'll explain a thing or two why speeds kill.
21 avenue Léon Blum
For more info click here (in French).
One of the objectives of the motorcycle rally is to promote the "Chart of Good Conduct". Here are the ten points (freely translated ):
- To ride safely, I will equip myself with approved clothing that will protect me from shocks, burns and I'll maintain my machine in accordance with the regulations.
- Before leaving, I'll check the essential points of my motorcycle, and make sure my running lights are on.
- When I leave, I will not push my motorcycle to the limit, allowing it to reach a proper working temperature, and I will try to detect any malfunction during that time.
- I will adapt my riding style according to the circulation conditions while respecting the traffic laws. I will endeavor to follow the secure trajectories, and anticipate any difficulties by respecting the distances in which I follow other vehicles.
- I will overtake with caution, after having signaled my intentions (with your indicators, or if necessary with your horn), after having assured myself that the other vehicles has understood my intentions.
- I will rest vigilant and alert on the status of the road conditions, avoiding riding on the road lines, and stopping in a secure position.
- When I have a pillion passenger, I am responsible for their physical well-being. I will pay more attention since the road maneuverability and braking has been modified.
- My riding style should be an example to all, and my riding should be as a eco-citizen.
- I prepare my trips, so that I am rested and do not consume any products that may affect my reflexes or my vigilance.
- I will salute motorcycles that I meet, and thank vehicle drivers that make way for me.
Via: Mon Journal de Bord