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TFL motorcycle road safety meeting brings optimism

According to Transport for London there has been a reduction in the number of motorcyclist’s fatalities.

The Transport for London (TfL) motorcycle safety meeting on 13th January 2021, was attended by representatives of BMF, National Motorcyclists Council (NMC), Keith Prince (GLA), Dave Bottomley (MET sergeant i/c BikeSafe), several TfL officials and other motorcycling organisations.

Motorcyclists fatalities have taken a welcome drop, whilst the reasons for this remains unclear, we will continue to work towards keeping that way.

A number of road safety interventions have been put forward for consideration, some disputed by rider representatives at the meeting. TfL are very much concerned with riders, many of whom have only CBT training, who are in flexible jobs, i.e. couriers and delivery riders.

TfL are proposing to update their guidelines for street design for motorcyclists, incorporating them in overall design guidelines. It was suggested that they combine them with the guidelines for supporting cycling, thereby ensuring that they get read.

There will be further meetings to develop plans discussed in the meeting, and to coordinate a co-operative approach to making London’s roads safer for all road users.

Written by Anna Zee (BMF political, technical services director).

Top photograph courtesy of london.gov.uk

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