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Council launches secure motorcycle parking

Michael Carroll, 12 March 2008 10:57

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s new motorcycle parking scheme is officially launched today (Wednesday), offering residents of the borough secure parking for their two-wheelers. The council has expanded the number of motorcycle parking bays from 1600 to 2600 in response to growth in the number of motorcycles parking in the area since the introduction of the London congestion ...

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Tesco launches insurance comparison site

Michael Carroll, 11 March 2008 14:48

Supermarket chain Tesco has launched a price comparison site for motorcycle insurance, in a bid to cash in on growing sales of powered two-wheelers. The Motorbike Insurance Finder offers quotes for all tiers of insurance, including fully comprehensive, third party fire and theft, and third-party only. Tesco has teamed up with The Bike Insurer to ensure a wide range of ...

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Road building exceeds rail-line construction

Michael Carroll, 11 March 2008 13:20

More miles of road have been built than railway lines since Labour came to power in 1997, The Times reports, citing figures given in an answer to a parliamentary question by the Liberal Democrats. The reply shows over 405 miles of motorway have been opened over the past 11 years, compared to 27 miles of railways.  

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Swinton Bikes offers 25% discount as part of start-up promotion

Michael Carroll, 11 March 2008 11:07

Insurance firm Swinton is promoting the launch of the first dedicated website for the firm’s motorcycle division, by offering a 25% discount on policies taken out through the site by April 5. Swinton Bikes’ website offers a quote and buy facility covering policies from six UK motorcycle insurance underwriters. The site also features motorbike-specific news and pictures, which includes shots ...

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Road pricing not a new concept for the UK

Michael Carroll, 07 March 2008 11:20

The RAC Foundation says the introduction of road pricing would be a backward step, and is no substitute for a coherent long-term plan for the maintenance and expansion of the UK’s road network. Extra motorway lanes instead of road pricing The Foundation notes that road pricing has already been tried, when turnpikes were introduced in the 17th Century. The system ...

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Bennetts advises us to beware the ides of March

Michael Carroll, 05 March 2008 16:40

Seeing into the future is a gift many of us may wish we had, but insurance firm Bennetts says it has just that ability, having used claims data to predict Friday March 14 will be the most dangerous day of the year for motorcyclists to be on the road. The firm bases its forecast on data covering the period June ...

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Have your say on the Buckland bollards

Michael Carroll, 04 March 2008 16:53

MCN would like to hear from any motorcyclists who have recently been through Buckland, Surrey, after a resident expressed concern that the installation of traffic and pedestrian islands at a junction in the village could pose a danger to bikers. Buckland sits between Reigate and Dorking on the A25, which is one of the main routes to the Boxhill biker ...

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Hard shoulder to be used in traffic jams

Michael Carroll, 03 March 2008 11:14

The coming week could see the Government decide whether to allow motorists to use the hard shoulder of motorways to relieve congestion. Read plans to bring a toll to fast-lane usage A trial conducted on the M42 at Birmingham has proven successful at alleviating congestion during peak times, and so prompted discussion on whether to roll the access out to ...

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Motorcyclist wins rare Ducati Monster 695

Michael Carroll, 29 February 2008 14:00

A motorcyclist in Shropshire is celebrating after winning one of eight special edition Ducati Monster 695’s in a competition run by aftershave firm Zegna and Ducati. Richard Heath is due to take delivery of the Zegna-branded motorcycle over the next two weeks, after winning the contest which was run in Selfridges stores in Manchester, Birmingham, and London.  

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Petrol station numbers fall to lowest level since 1912

Michael Carroll, 29 February 2008 11:01

There are now fewer petrol stations in the UK than in 1912, as small profit margins force oil companies and independent retailers to look for the door, information from the Petrol Retailers Association shows. A total of 150 petrol stations closed between January and August 2007, leaving under 9500 active stations. The figure includes stations run by supermarkets, and has ...


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