Quote: “ Compliance can become a vehicle for bullying where the threat is out of all proportion to the transgression. Compliance is thuggery, pure and simple. Compliance is effective because it requires simple uni-directional communication of the type: ‘do it or else’. Compliance is attractive to the dimwitted because it spares them having to do anything more imaginative than threatening people to get an outcome. Compliance is neat, tidy and risk free because it does not require the messiness of trust.” (Acknowledgement and thanks to Jim Bright – email@example.com. My italics) I read this on the weekend. It was not directed, specifically, to the motorcycle environment. Funnily enough, or maybe not so funny, it came back to me while I was riding one of our more popular motorcycle roads where I had reduced speed to the somewhat unrealistic limit and then became all too aware of the enforcers of compliance watching carefully. Realistic speed limits based on real conditions (and trust?) must surely be better than the above. A cynic might say: “Sure, but not as lucrative to the state’s income stream”. Do we agree with the cynic? Some of the more spectacular motorcycle accidents occur in just those areas where compliance is most sought. In most cases the rider couldn’t give a proverbial for compliance. Would most riders respond positively to a rethink of the current compliance based road speed limits and advisories? The focus then becomes riding skills rather than the rather the more tricky balancing of ride enjoyment against preserving points and cash. As The Doors nearly said it: "I got ma (one) eye on the road and ma hands upon the wheoo". Bullying? Thuggery? Uni-directional? Dimwitted? Threatening? Some morsels to feed your thoughts.