The mayor of London is putting the safety of motorcyclists at risk by failing to properly include them in his transport strategy, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association.
On 28 February, Sadiq Khan outlined his plans to improve transport in the Capital over the next 25 years – with the ambition for 80% of trips to be made by foot, cycle or public transport by 2041.
The strategy includes ‘record investment’ in rail, tube and bus services, an ‘unprecedented focus’ on walking and cycling, and a commitment to make London’s entire transport system zero-emission by 2050.
The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is accusing Sadiq Khan of ignoring the benefits of using powered two wheelers (PTWs).
The MCIA says that in TfL’s ‘war on motorised transport’, it is lumping 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 in terms of air quality.
Tony Campbell, CEO of the MCIA, 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 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.
“Given this statement, it is more than disappointing that the mayor has decided to yet again ignore what is clear common sense for transport policy.
“The MCIA strongly urges the mayor to take another look at his plans to not only fulfil his pre-election commitment to riders and London’s voters, but also to honour his words at the recent meeting with (the motorcycle) industry.”
02 March 2018