UK riders complain about transport policies and crime in London
The campaign group “We Ride London” held a protest ride just before the Easter holiday. They also issued a statement on the matters that concern them which we have quoted below.
Safety: 36 riders died on London’s streets in 2016. Initial, invalidated numbers suggest this has increased 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 and scooters and scooter enabled theft has reached epidemic levels within London. Over 16,000 motorcycles and scooters were stolen last year, a significant increase year on year. 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 and 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 and 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 and scooters contribute less than 1% of the pollution in London.