Biking roads could be hit by 40mph plans

General news

 16 July 2012 17:14

Popular motorcycling routes could be among those affected by plans to reduce 60mph rural speed limits to 40mph.

Councils should consider the reduction on roads with ‘many bends’ and a ‘considerable number’ of vulnerable road users including ‘motorcyclists’, the government proposals say.

Ian Mutch, president of the Motorcycle Action Group, said: “MAG is anxious about the danger of this giving support to the red flag brigade.”

In 2010, 49% of UK road deaths occurred on single carriageway rural roads with a 60mph speed limit, according to government figures.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "It is vital that speed limits are suitable for local conditions and councils are best placed to determine what these limits are, based on local knowledge and the views of the community.”