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Boris Johnson demands bus lanes be opened to motorcycles

Michael Carroll, 07 August 2008 10:54

London Mayor Boris Johnson has instructed Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that motorcycles are allowed to use the capital’s bus lanes before the end of the year. Sign our petition to open bus lanes to motorcycles Johnson issued the instruction as part of a series of measures he wants to see introduced to cut congestion in the city, after ...

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Westminster parking protest group formed

Michael Carroll, 07 August 2008 09:26

London motorcyclists are banding together to protest against the introduction of bike parking charges by Westminster City Council. The Westminster Motorcycle Charging Direct Action group is planning a go-slow ride on August 22, which would set off from Hyde Park Corner at 9am. Organiser Paul Amery has set up the group on social networking site Facebook. He says that the ...

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Parking bay charges launched today in Westminster

Michael Carroll, 04 August 2008 15:54

Westminster City Council today began introducing a £1.50 per day charge for motorcycle parking. The council has planned a phased rollout of the charging scheme, with all its bays due to be covered by the end of August. Riders can pay for parking by setting up a Pay by Phone account, or they can pre-register for the scheme online. In ...

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AA uses Suzuki Burgmans to cut response time

Michael Carroll, 04 August 2008 13:13

The AA has just put a fleet of 16 Suzuki Burgman scooters on the roads of London, Birmingham, and Manchester as part of its rapid breakdown response fleet. Suzuki Burgmans for sale The maxi-scooters are painted in the AA’s livery and carry the firm’s warning beacons, and should help the firm’s patrol men to cut through heavy traffic in each ...

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Europe’s first Vision Zero road is good news for motorcyclists

Michael Carroll, 12 May 2008 09:39

The first stretch of road in Europe built according to the goals of Vision Zero has been hailed as a milestone for motorcycle safety by the president of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA). Hans Petter Strifeldt says the 15km stretch of RV32 road in Norway puts motorcycling back into the heart of Vision Zero, a strategy designed to ...

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Bernie Ecclestone warns Michael Schumacher to be careful riding motorcycles

Michael Carroll, 07 May 2008 08:57

The boss of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone says he can’t understand Michael Schumacher’s new-found obsession with motorcycle racing, telling the general press that he worries Schumacher might injure himself on a motorcycle. Michael Schumacher plays down MotoGP wild card rumour Ecclestone said he was surprised by Schumacher’s interest in motorcycle racing due to the risks of injury, which flew in ...

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Police say motorcyclists are using roads as a personal racetrack

Michael Carroll, 02 May 2008 11:54

A motorcyclist from Penicuik, Scotland caught speeding at 120mph has prompted concern at Lothian and Borders Police, which says some motorcyclists are using quiet roads in the Borders region as private racetracks. The motorcyclist was caught during a national campaign to catch speeding drivers. Inspector Richard Latto said he was disappointed that motorcyclists continue to break speed limits, given a high ...

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Harley Davidson encourage motorcyclists to care for their helmet

Michael Carroll, 24 April 2008 12:36

Harley Davidson is encouraging all motorcyclists to check the condition of their crash helmet, as part of a month-long safety campaign during April to promote better helmet care. Find helmet reviews here The manufacturer points out that the materials in crash helmet’s can break down over time, and that official advice states motorcyclists should replace their helmet every 3-5 years. ...

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Campaigner claims bikers use rural roads as racetracks

Michael Carroll, 08 April 2008 09:27

A spokesman for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has defended a statement that claims motorcyclists treat country roads like a racetrack, telling MCN his comments related to a specific road in Hampshire. Paul Miner, planning campaigner for CPRE, was quoted in an article published by Countryfile magazine focussing on the dangers of rural roads and the growing number ...

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Road-building guidelines can now be viewed online

Michael Carroll, 03 April 2008 10:45

The Department for Transport and Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) have opened up their guidelines covering how roads can be built with motorcycles in mind, in a bid to improve safety. To see the guidelines go to www.motorcycleguidelines.org.uk The Guidelines for Motorcycling are now available online, and offer individual chapters advising on how bikes can be considered in road-building ...

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