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09/04/2021

Transport for London (TfL) and the Greater London Motorcycle Action Group branch met recently to formulate a joint delivery initiative for TfL’s safety objectives in regard to motorcyclists. The theme was rider safety and the impact of traffic management schemes on bikers.

Greater London MAG’s Cathy Phillpotts led a delegation at this meeting to explore how safety can be improved in the capital. The event formed part of a regular quarterly arrangement that seeks to secure shared effort on the comparatively high motorcycle accident rates in the capital.

Commenting on the outcome, Phillpotts said: “I’m glad TfL is listening to our concerns and committing to work with us to find solutions. Its understanding of road policy, as well as the geographical accident situation as regards hot spots across London, combines well with our knowledge of practical riding on those streets.”

Particularly worrying locations include Hyde Park Corner, the junction between Liverpool Road and Holloway Road, Farringdon Road and Old Street — this last one being especially dangerous for riders.

Keith Prince from TfL commended the progress thus far. “We all agree that the safety situation for leisure, commuter and delivery riders in London is a cause for major concern,” he added. “I think the relationship between TfL and MAG is a case study in how the motorcycle sector can meaningfully work with officers to find solutions that make sense.

“Many of the locations require exhaustive assessment of variables, such as traffic lane arrangements, light phasing and lines of sight. It’s not easy but it can be done, and I think that working with experienced riders means TfL have a very good chance of making the streets safer for the motorcycling community. MAG brings mature comment and ideas to this agenda.”