CAMPAIGN FOR RIDERS’ RIGHTS LAUNCHED
‘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