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Motorcycling Matters No 5: Access All Areas

Motorcycles must have an ‘Access All Areas’ pass to UK roads, whether these are tarmac, unsealed ‘green roads’ or bus lanes. That’s the fifth key point raised by Motorcycling Matters, the manifesto launched the National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) with significant input from the BMF.

The BMF and NMC are clear that unsealed roads which are currently legal for vehicle access need to be kept open for motorcycles. As for bus lane access for bikes, the policy of local authorities varies across the UK, with some allowing full access, some at restricted times and some refusing it altogether. The BMF/NMC are calling for motorcycle access to bus lanes to be made the default position across the country, which would improve the safety of riders and traffic flow in general. All local authorities also need to provide free and secure parking provision for powered two-wheelers, to encourage commuters to shift from four wheels to two.

Paul Morgan CBE of the British Motorcyclists Federation said: “ The BMF and our partners, including the National Motorcyclists Council (NMC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) and the Land Access and Recreation Association (LARA), actively seek to protect and promote the right for motorcyclists to ride on the UK’s historic unsurfaced road network nationwide.

The BMF calls on the next Government to promote and support responsible and sustainable access for motorcyclists to the UK’s full road network and to make motorcycle access to bus lanes the default position, to improve the safety of riders and to resolve the current patchwork of access across the UK’s road network.”

You can find more on the BMF’s priorities to secure the future of motorcycling as we head towards the General Election and beyond in the Manifesto Motorcycling Matters which you can access via the article on BMF’s website. In the run up to the election we are seeking to get all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) to sign up to these priorities by getting them to sign our Motorcycling “Pledge” to support the future of motorcycling.

We are urging all riders to get involved in the campaign and to ask their PPCs to sign the Pledge to confirm their support to our Manifesto priorities. We need your support and action now to deliver a bright and sustainable future for UK motorcycling.

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Peter Henshaw