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London Assembly stages biking safety event

The London Assembly Transport Committee held a short motorcycle safety course on Tuesday 15 December and says it is investigating why 2015 has seen an increase in the number of fatalities among motorcyclists in London. There have already been 24 fatalities (Jan-Sept). From 2010 to 2014, the number of motorcyclist casualties ranged from 22 to 30.

In a press statement, the Assembly said: “Motorcyclists in London face a significantly greater risk of injury when compared with the occupants of other vehicles. In 2014, the number of powered two-wheeler accident casualties in London totalled 5233 according to TfL statistics, which accounted for 17% of total casualties despite making up only 1% of vehicles on the road.”

The safety courses – held at the London Fire Brigade Southwark Training Centre, 94 Southwark Bridge Road, London – were presented by the Met, London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service, followed by a short Met BikeSafe assessed ride. 

Pictured are London Assembly Transport Committee members Valerie Shawcross CBE AM, chair of the transport committee; Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, deputy chair of the transport committee; and Murad Qureshi, a member of the London Assembly.

The London Assembly pledges to “hold the mayor to account and investigate issues that affect Londoners”.

www.london.gov.uk

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