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Easy rider safety concerns

14 October 2015

This meeting took place on 15 October 2015. Read the transcript here.

  • 27 riders of powered two-wheelers, including motorbikes and scooters, were killed on London’s roads in 2014.
  • Despite representing just 1% of all traffic, powered two-wheeler riders accounted for 17% of all casualties in 2014.[1]

The London Assembly Transport Committee is investigating motorcycle safety in the capital. Tomorrow the Committee will hear from Transport for London (TfL), the motorcycle industry, user groups and road safety campaigners about trends in casualty data for motorcyclists and reasons for the relatively high rate.  Other issues to be discussed include:

  • What TfL and partners can do to help increase road safety for motorcyclists
  • The progress with TfL’s motorcycle safety action plan - and impact of education and enforcement initiatives
  • The impact of the policy of allowing motorbikes into bus lanes

The guests are:

  • Ben Plowden, Director of Strategy and Planning, Surface Transport, TfL

  • Lilli Matson, Head of Strategy & Outcome Planning, TfL

  • David Davies, Executive Director, Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)

  • Dr Leon Mannings, Campaigns and Policy Adviser, Motorcycle Action Group
    and member of TfL’s Roads Task Force.

  • Craig Carey-Clinch, Policy Adviser, Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA)

  • Graeme Hay, Government Relations Executive, British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF)

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 15 October from 10:00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

Notes for Editors:

  1. TfL, 2015 

https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/casualties-in-greater-london-2014.pdf

  1. Agenda Papers

  2. Val Shawcross CBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.

  3. London Assembly Transport Committee.

  4. 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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