We Ride London are coordinating a rally at 4:30pm today in Parliament Square to protest against the marginalisation of motorcycles & scooters in London and the UK. We Ride are encouraging all motorcycle riders to attend regardless of the machine you ride, be it a classic bike, or adventure bike.
We Ride London are hoping to make a change to the policies of Transport for London & the Mayor of London.
We Ride London wrote..
The personal bias of policy making and influencing bureaucrats has resulted in an active campaign to drive motorcycles & scooters off London’s roads, ignoring data produced by Transport for London and others that clearly shows motorcycles & scooters have a positive contribution to congestion & pollution in London and should be actively encouraged as a strategic transport solution for Londoners
They have advised that the protest is different from previous rides. They are not leading a ride but are encouraging everyone to join them today.
We Ride London are protesting against the following:
- Safety: 36 riders died on London’s streets in 2016. Initial, invalidated numbers suggest this has increase in 2017. We want schemes that put motorcyclists at risk such as lane narrowing and painted cycle lanes to stop and policies such as use of bus lanes to be consistently applied in all boroughs across London and across the UK
- Security: Theft of motorcycles & scooters and scooter enabled theft has reached epidemic levels within London. Over 16,000 motorcycles & scooters were stolen last year, a significant increase year on year. Criminals operate with impunity and our police forces are starved of funds and have their hands tied by fear of the IPCC. We need investment in prevention, detection and investigation capability to close these gangs down for good and we need policies that allow the police forces to chase & apprehend these criminals while at the same time ensuring sentencing is a true deterrent. We also want more secure parking to be provided by the boroughs in London. More and more insurance companies are pricing themselves out of London coverage leading many riders unable to afford to fund their means of commuting.
- Cost: Motorcycles & Scooters riders are happy to pay their way in proportionate costs. With the introduction of the (Ultra Low Emission Zone) ULEZ charge, older motorcycles & scooters will have to pay the same tariff as cars (£12.50 per day) This is despite Transport for London’s own data showing that motorcycles & scooters contribute less than 1% of the pollution in London. Adding this to the issues of insurance highlighted above, motorcycles & scooter riders are having to pay more and more to get to work.
We Ride London have advised that a potential route will be to loop between Lambeth Bridge and Parliament square. They have asked that all who attend obey the rules of the road and ride with courtesy & respect with no burnouts, wheelies, etc. They are also encouraging you to not filter, overtake other vehicles and please don’t intimidate pedestrians or other road users.