The London Assembly Transport Committee met on 15 October to explore how to improve motorcycle safety in the Capital, and the meeting was broadcast online via webcast.
The committee looked into what actions can be taken by Transport for London (TfL) and its partners to improve safety for motorcyclists.
According to figures from TfL, 27 riders of powered two-wheelers, including motorbikes and scooters, were killed on London’s roads last year. Despite representing just 1% of all traffic, powered two-wheeler riders accounted for 17% of all casualties in 2014.
In response to these figures, the committee heard from TfL, the motorcycle industry, user groups and road safety campaigners about trends in casualty data for motorcyclists, and reasons for the relatively high rate.
The meeting also reviewed progress with TfL’s motorcycle safety action plan – including the impact of education and enforcement initiatives, and the policy of allowing motorcycles into bus lanes.
Speakers at the meeting included Ben Plowden and Lili Matson from TfL, David Davies from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) and Dr Leon Mannings representing the Motorcycle Action Group.