CAM­PAIGN FOR RID­ERS’ RIGHTS LAUNCHED

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‘We’re sort of seen as pests, rather than part of so­lu­tion for Lon­don’

De­spite be­ing seen as one of the so­lu­tions to Lon­don’s con­ges­tion prob­lem, mo­tor­cy­cles are not part of Trans­port for Lon­don’s plans. In fact, they’ve al­lo­cated zero bud­get to mo­tor­cy­cles, even though 55,000 peo­ple ride a mo­tor­cy­cle or scooter in Lon­don ev­ery day. We Ride Lon­don has been set up to get city au­thor­i­ties to ac­knowl­edge the need for in­creased mo­tor­cy­cle safety pro­vi­sion in­clud­ing pro­tec­tion of lane widths to al­low for safe fil­ter­ing and Lon­don-wide use of bus lanes. We Ride Lon­don are also seek­ing to op­pose the cur­rent pro­pos­als of the Ul­tra Low Emis­sion Zone (ULEZ).

“We’re sort of seen as pests, rather than part of the so­lu­tion for keep­ing Lon­don mov­ing,” says Mike But­ler, Co-founder of We Ride Lon­don. “We would like to en­cour­age peo­ple to take twowheeled trans­port, who­ever they may be, as it cuts down jour­ney times and con­ges­tion for every­one but we think Tfl’s cur­rent pro­pos­als will dis­cour­age peo­ple.”

The ULEZ pro­posal is that any mo­tor­cy­cle or scooter that is not Euro3 com­pli­ant (ie. made be­fore July 1, 2007) will have to pay up to

£12.50 per day charge to drive in­side the North or South Cir­cu­lar. The fee would ap­ply 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

To raise aware­ness of the cam­paign, We Ride Lon­don have a Face­book page and they are also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take part on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter us­ing the # Weride­lon­don hash­tag. In the mean­time, there’s still some time re­main­ing on the ULEZ con­sul­ta­tion so they are urg­ing every­one to re­spond to it. You can do so here: bit.ly/2fjbmhz

Fight­ing for bik­ing in the cap­i­tal

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