MOTORCYCLES & SCOOTERS KEEP LONDON MOVING
LET’S MAKE SURE IT STAYS THAT WAY

 
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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.

We’re campaigning for legislation and policy changes that lead to:

  • More action against bike theft and bike-jacking

  • Exclusion from charging such as the £12.50 emissions charge

  • Universal use of bus lanes as pioneered by TfL

  • Adequate secure motorcycle parking

  • Protection of lane widths to allow safe lane filtering

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.

Motorcycling in London is part of the solution for reducing congestion and pollution as much as cycling but policy makers continue to ignore the positive benefit motorcyclists bring to our capital. Most people who ride in the capital do so because it’s cheaper and quicker than other forms of transport and have journeys that aren’t practical on a bicycle. Motorcycles take up less road space, are proven through TfL’s own studies to contribute to less than 1% of the overall pollution in London and are more versatile that bicycles. Other capitals around the world recognise and embrace this, why not London?
— CHARLEY BOORMAN, LONG WAY ROUND & LONG WAY DOWN WITH EWAN MCGREGOR

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.

Credit: mjstudio.co.uk

Credit: mjstudio.co.uk

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.

As someone who has ridden motorbikes in the capital for more than 30 years I felt I had to join We Ride London demo to flag up the growing concerns of our two-wheeled community. After getting pulled for riding on the hard shoulder (after the gearbox oil seal went on my 65 year old motorbike) last year I had the good fortune to attend a driver awareness course lasting nearly four hours - four hours in which motorcycles and motorcyclists never got a mention.
— MATTHEW WRIGHT, CHANNEL 5'S THE WRIGHT STUFF
 
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