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Staying alive on a motorbike

14 December 2015

The London Assembly Transport Committee 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).[1] From 2010 to 2014, the number of motorcyclist casualties ranged from 22 to 30.[2]

Motorcyclists in London face a significantly greater risk of injury when compared to the occupants of other vehicles. In 2014, the number of powered two-wheeler accident casualties in London totalled 5,233 according to TfL statistics, which accounted for 17% of total casualties despite making up only 1% of vehicles on the road.

You are invited to join the Committee Members and TfL tomorrow morning for abbreviated motorcycle safety courses from the Met, London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service, followed by a short Met BikeSafe assessed ride.  Timings for the event are:

9.30am-10.30am – BikeSafe presentation

  • Presentation and short video clips to highlight different types of accidents and collisions and how these happen

10.30am-11.30am – Biker Down presentation

  • Theory based ‘scene management’ presentation
  • Safer Riding interactive discussion
  • London Ambulance – First Aid activity

11.30am-approx 12.00pm - BikeSafe on road ‘assessed ride’

  • Opportunity for motorcyclists present to try the Met’s BikeSafe assessed ride


London Fire Brigade Southwark Training Centre

94 Southwark Bridge Road,

London SE1 0EG

Date and time: Tuesday 15 December

9:30am until approx. 12:00pm

Closest tube station: Borough


Spokespeople attending:

  • Valerie Shawcross CBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee
  • Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee
  • Lilli Matson, Head of Strategy & Outcome Planning, TfL
  • David Osborne, Inspector, Road Safety, MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command
  • Sergeant Emma Poston, PC Laith Alqasar, PC Ian Hadcocks, PC Andy Bevis
  • Mark Hazelton, Group Manager for Fire Safety, LFB
  • David Scott, Head of Operations, Deliveroo
  • Doug Wilson, Motorcycle commuter, GLA

Notes to editors

  1. BikeSafe, 2015
  3. Val Shawcross CBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. London Assembly Transport Committee
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


For media enquiries, please contact Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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