as thousands of Londoners prepare to take to two wheels to avoid
congestion charges, scores of on-street motorcycle parking bays
are under threat, claim the 140,000 strong British Motorcyclists
Whilst cautiously welcoming the Corporation of London’s recent
announcement of six hundred extra motorcycle spaces in the Swan
Lane and White’s Row multi-story car parks, the BMF have discovered
that the on-street parking of motorcycles is being frowned upon
by senior administrators.
According to The Corporation of
London Borough’s ‘Street Scene Challenge’ programme,
plans are already in hand for a major clean up of eight areas in
2003/04 with a second round of projects in 2004/05.
The ambitious plan is primarily
designed ‘to create a safe and pedestrian friendly environment’
and as a result, all on-street parking is to be ‘rationalised’
and the effect of traffic ‘minimised’. While supporting
these basic aims, the BMF say that the result will be that motorcycles
and scooters will be moved to the off-street parking of private
companies or to Corporation/NCP car parks.
Areas in the first round are:
Queen Street Area, King Street Area, Southwark Bridge Area, Carter
Lane/South St Pauls’ Area, Fetter Lane/Fleet Street Conservation
Area, Bouverie Street/Fleet Street Conservation Area, Aldgate/St
Botolph Street, Junction of Aldgate/Fenchurch, St/Leadenhall St/Mitre
Square - all areas heavily used by motorcycle and scooter riders..
- The BMF are now demanding that the Corporation
- Provide sufficient secure motorcycle and scooter
parking to meet demand
- That parking remains free
- That motorcycle and scooter users are consulted
in regard to future changes
- That a policy document on motorcycle and scooter
parking is drafted based on the needs of City users
Commenting, BMF spokesman Jeff
Stone said: “The UK stands alone in refusing to accept the
motorcycle and scooter as a legitimate and sensible means of city
transport. The essence of two-wheeled travel is convenience, something
you’re not going to get with remote centralised car parks.
This plan will only add to the annoyance of city commuters”.
“It’s short sighted and short on logic,” he added