Mark Whitehead 03 March 2016

London must improve road safety for motorcyclists, assembly says

Transport planners in London must do more to tackle a rising tide of motorcyclist deaths and injuries, the capital's assembly has demanded.

The London Assembly transport committee says action is needed after its investigation found that deaths and injuries among motorcyclists in the capital totalled 5,233 last year, a rise of 21% on 2010.

The committee's report 'Easy Rider: Improving motorcycle safety on London roads' calls for a more consistent approach across the capital's boroughs to the use of bus lanes by motorcyclists to reduce confusion.

It says 'cycle superhighways' should be closely monitored to assess the impact on safety for other road users, and the BikeSafe scheme run by TfL and the Metropolitan Police should encourage young riders to take part.

Valerie Shawcross, chair of the London Assembly transport committee said: 'During my time on the transport committee we have spent a great deal of time and effort ensuring TfL considers the needs of cyclists and pedestrians - now it is time for them to pay more attention to the safety of motorcyclists.

'It's no coincidence that TfL rushed out a PR release the day before our report was published - they know they've not done enough to protect motorcyclists in London. I hope our investigation prompts them to act.'

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