Motorcyclist deaths still way too high

15 March 2018

Motorcycles account for just one per cent of journeys made in London, yet 27 per cent of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads are motorcyclists. [1]


The London Assembly Transport Committee report Motorcycle Safety in London: Update report’ is published today.  


It reveals:

  • Motorcyclists face an unacceptable level of risk on London’s roads
  • The rate at which motorcyclists are injured in road traffic collisions is disproportionately high
  • Motorcyclist casualties in London have not fallen since TfL published its Motorcycle Safety Action Plan in 2014
  • The Plan is now outdated and needs to be renewed with new safety measures.
  • The condition of the road surface is crucial for safe riding


The Transport Committee report recommends the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL):

  • Get serious about ensuring motorcyclists can ride in all bus lanes
  • Update the Motorcycle Safety Action
  • Reinstate plans to develop a ‘London Standard’ or an equivalent measure for motorcycle safety training
  • Allay concerns about reductions in TfL’s road maintenance budget


Keith Prince AM, Chairman of the London Assembly Transport Committee said;


“Motorcycles are an efficient form of transportation which can cut congestion - and motorcyclists shouldn’t be dicing with death every time they take to London’s streets.


In 2016 this Committee published a report outlining its concerns about the safety of motorcyclists. It’s clear from the evidence we have recently heard that riding a motorcycle in London is no safer than it was two years ago. Why is that the case?


TfL has failed to implement key recommendations made by the Transport Committee and we are also disappointed to see the Mayor change his previous proposal to improve safety training. The landmark commitment to a ‘London Standard’ for training needs to be reinstated and a more proactive approach is needed from boroughs to give motorcyclists access to bus lanes.


How many more motorcyclists need to die for TfL to sit up, take notice and do something?”

Notes to editors



  1. This data does not account for journey length. As motorcycles tend to be used for longer journeys than cycling or walking, this may be considered an under-estimate of the modal share of motorcyclists.
  2. Caroline Russell AM is not convinced that Transport for London fully considered the evidence of safety issues at the time it made the decision to allow motorcyclists to ride in bus lanes. Caroline Russell AM is not convinced there was a compelling case for TfL to make this change and does not agree that London's boroughs should be urged to adopt TfL's policy of permitting motorcyclists to ride in bus lanes.
  3. David Kurten AM of UKIP adds that Cycle Superhighways take up a lot of room on trunk routes which make things less safe for motorcyclists as lane width is reduced and they are squeezed into fewer lanes with other motorised vehicles.
  4. David Kurten AM of UKIP adds that it would also improve safety for motorcycles if they could use Cycle Superhighways at less busy times of the day outside rush hours, when there are hardly any bicycles on them and they lie dormant and empty.
  5. The report ‘Motorcycle Safety in London: Update report.
  6. Keith Prince AM, Chairman of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  7. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  8. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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