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'Take bikers' lives seriously', mag tells TfL and Mayor

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has questioned “why motorcyclists’ lives are being treated as worth less than those of pedestrians and cyclists by Transport for London (TfL)”.

Tim Fawthrop, MAG’s London Rep, revealed the group had held a ride on 13 May in memory of the 36 motorcyclists who died on London roads in 2015. He said MAG had held the event because TfL and Mayor Sadiq Khan were “ignoring the fact that motorcyclists are vulnerable road users, just like cyclists”.  

“TfL has budgeted £1billion on cycling safety but almost nothing on motorcycling, even though four times more riders lost their lives in 2015 than did cyclists. Nor has it taken advantage of the simplest, most cost-effective measure available – to urge local councils to allow motorcycles, scooters and mopeds to use all bus lanes.

“Our respectful demonstration should be seen by TfL as a wake-up call. We appeal to Sadiq Khan for help. Since elected he has yet to honour his pre-election promises to engage in meaningful dialogue with MAG.  He needs to hear what riders already know: that London needs motorcycle riders. We cut pollution, congestion for cars and the evidence proves we cut the cycle accident rate too.”

Fawthrop concluded: “Riders have had enough. With 300% more deaths than the cycling community, all we ask is to be included in the plans for roads in London.  It’s a reasonable request and ignoring it is literally fatal to fellow riders.”

MAG tel 01926 844 064

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