Thursday, January 29, 2009

Scooter Resource --Call for Action

To everyone I know in the UK who rides a motorbike...


Apparently Transport for London are receiving very few comments
from motorcyclists about the new London-wide TfL trial of
motorcycles in red-route bus lanes.

The latest news is that as part of the evaluation of the scheme
'users views' will be taken into account and 'numbers responding'
will play a part in this.

Clearly none of us want to see a situation where 5,000 cyclists
have protested and 200 motorcyclists support. It's this kind of
thing that would shift the political balance against us.

However, cyclists campaign groups are steadily orchestrating a
build up of resistance to the measure, being well organised at
grass roots level in the capital and elsewhere. Tfl have already
received large numbers of submissions from cyclists, opposing
motorcycles in bus lanes.

We risk losing the scheme at the end of the 18 month period unless
the motorcycle world demonstrates widespread support for the measure.

So I urge all of you who read this to use this link to visit the
TfL 'user views' website and complete the response form, which will
take only about two minutes.

All, if you're a member of any other bikers social networking site,
could you start a thread on this? Please also use whatever other
avenues for publicity that you have (owners clubs, other social
networks, word of mouth, forward this email, etc).

The cycle lobby groups are motivated and determined. They see
denying motorcycles access to bus lanes as a number one key goal.
They have a strong and well motivated campaigning local network.
They will do all they can to achieve their goal. Unless we respond
to this, we risk seeing this hard won concession denied to us after
the experimental period has finished.

The TfL scheme is being keenly watched outside London. Failure of
the scheme in London will be likely to cripple our chances of
getting motorcycles into bus lanes elsewhere

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