We Ride London is an inclusive campaign acting as the main lobby group for riders of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds in London. There is no membership, you don't have to pay anything or sign up for anything. We are a collective of like-minded riders striving for better rights and policies for riders.
The personal bias of policy making and influencing bureaucrats has resulted in an active campaign to drive motorcycles & scooters off London’s roads, ignoring data produced by Transport for London and others that clearly shows motorcycles & scooters have a positive contribution to congestion & pollution in London and should be actively encouraged as a strategic transport solution for Londoners.
We’re campaigning for legislation and policy changes that lead to:
- Safety: 36 riders died on London’s streets in 2016. Initial, invalidated numbers suggest this has increase in 2017. We want schemes that put motorcyclists at risk such as lane narrowing and painted cycle lanes to stop and policies such as use of bus lanes to be consistently applied in all boroughs across London and across the UK
- Security: Theft of motorcycles & scooters and scooter enabled theft has reached epidemic levels within London. Over 16,000 motorcycles & scooters were stolen last year, a significant increase year on year. Criminals operate with impunity and our police forces are starved of funds and have their hands tied by fear of the IPCC. We need investment in prevention, detection and investigation capability to close these gangs down for good and we need policies that allow the police forces to chase & apprehend these criminals while at the same time ensuring sentencing is a true deterrent. We also want more secure parking to be provided by the boroughs in London. More and more insurance companies are pricing themselves out of London coverage leading many riders unable to afford to fund their means of commuting.
- Cost: Motorcycles & Scooters riders are happy to pay their way in proportionate costs. With the introduction of the (Ultra Low Emission Zone) ULEZ charge, older motorcycles & scooters will have to pay the same tariff as cars (£12.50 per day) This is despite Transport for London’s own data showing that motorcycles & scooters contribute less than 1% of the pollution in London. Adding this to the issues of insurance highlighted above, motorcycles & scooter riders are having to pay more and more to get to work.
- Write to your elected official and/or to the police, sentencing council and others related to the 'no chase policy'
- Support us on social media by posting photos of you with your helmet in a work/home environment
- Join our awareness rides. Keep an eye on this page or our Facebook Events page. You can also sign up on our mailing list if social media is not your thing! Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up.
- Take part in TfL consultations to make sure your voice is heard
- Share your ideas here.
- Stickers are available for free in the Bike Shed shop or through our online store. If you would like to donate funds to help running We Ride London, click here.
Whether you are a daily rider of a 20-year-old scooter, a 40-year-old classic, a be-chromed V-twin or the latest sports bike, join us before motorcycles and scooters are banished from London forever.
Motorcycle & Scooter theft is a rising and increasingly violent epidemic. Insurance premiums are making ownership of a motorcycle & scooter untenable. The police are unable or unwilling to pursue and arrest 'moped criminals'. London transport policy schemes are making riding motorcycles & scooters more dangerous with lane narrowing schemes. New daily charges of £12.50 are about to be implemented, which will affect thousands of riders. Almost £1billion is budgeted to support bicycle schemes in the capital, but despite motorcycles and scooters also helping to bust congestion and pollution, there is no budget or policy for bikes.
Before these issues become irreversible, we plan to make London think differently about us.
Over 150,000 motorcycle and scooter riders live or travel in London, with more than 55,000 riding every day, and this number is rising. In 2015, 36 riders were tragically killed on London’s roads. These are not nameless ‘bikers’, they were normal people who simply chose to ride a bike.
Motorcycles and scooters provide an important part of the solution to congestion and pollution on the capital’s roads. We Ride London ask that the city’s authorities provide clearer policies and committed budgets to make riding a bike safer.
It’s time to take positive action that will unify bikers and effect change in how we are treated and looked after on London’s roads. Here’s how to get involved with We Ride London:
Join our social media campaign to show that you ride in London, pictured as your non-biker self, at home or work, holding a crash helmet and tagged #WeRideLondon.
To take it one step further join our awareness rides, riding your motorcycle or scooter wearing your work clothes, ideally with an open-face helmet or with your visor up. There’s no need for excessive revving or burn-outs – we want to show London the real people behind every visor; not a group to be defined merely as bikers, but simply people who choose to ride bikes, and deserve acknowledgement, recognition and positive transport policies in London to keep them safe.