London Mayor and TfL snub mo­tor­cy­clists

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Ben­e­fits of mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers in the cap­i­tal are left out of trans­port strat­egy.

Fol­low­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Trans­port Strat­egy, Trans­port for London (TfL) has de­cided to ig­nore the ben­e­fits of us­ing pow­ered two wheel­ers (PTWs). In do­ing so, it has dis­re­garded calls to prop­erly in­clude hun­dreds of thou­sands of mo­tor­cy­cle and scooter rid­ers in London’s Trans­port Strat­egy.

TfL has in­stead lumped com­muter mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers in with cars, taxis and con­struc­tion traf­fic, de­spite the fact that PTWs sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce con­ges­tion in the cap­i­tal, take up less road space and are far less dam­ag­ing to air qual­ity than larger ve­hi­cles.

The Mo­tor­cy­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion be­lieves con­ges­tion, air qual­ity and rider safety can only be im­proved if the needs of this vul­ner­a­ble user group are fac­tored into road plan­ning and trans­port strat­egy, in the same way that cy­cling is.

Mo­tor­cy­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive

Tony Camp­bell said: “The Mayor clearly has his own agenda around mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers, which was not made clear to the rid­ers who elected him fol­low­ing his prom­ise to cham­pion their con­tri­bu­tion to re­duc­ing London’s con­ges­tion.

“At a re­cent meet­ing with the Mo­tor Cy­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (MCIA), the Mayor said that he agreed PTWs had an im­por­tant part to play. In do­ing so he also agreed to re­view his Trans­port Strat­egy, tak­ing into ac­count the feed­back he had re­ceived dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod. To quote Mr Khan: ‘I have read through the in­dus­try’s re­sponse to my Trans­port Pol­icy Doc­u­ment and can say I agree with most of what you are say­ing, not all but most.’

“Given this state­ment, it is more than dis­ap­point­ing that the mayor has de­cided to yet again ig­nore what is clear com­mon sense for trans­port

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