Pro-bike prize for London
The success of a major campaign to make the capital's roads safer for riders has been recognised with the Prince Michael Road Safety Award.
The award has gone to the Transport for London organisation after 2003 saw an eight per cent fall in bike casualties despite the increase in riding that the Congestion Charge stimulated.
Sponsored by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI), the award rewards a range of initiatives, including BikeSafe London, motorcycle publicity campaigns, a bus-lane access trial, and the exemption of bikes and scooters from the congestion charge.
The TfL has also set up a working group with representatives from the Met Police, motorcycling organisations and all the London Boroughs to make our lives better.
"TfL's comprehensive package of measures helps reduce rider vulnerability by integrating motorcycling," said MCI Chief Executive Geoff Sherley.
"The result has been an eight per cent fall in casualties in 2003 despite the rise in motorcycling. We hope that TfL's approach will motivate other Local Authorities to consider similar polices."