The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) is slamming central
London Boroughs for failing to provide adequate parking facilities
for capital riders.
The call comes after Transport for London (TfL) Director Derek
Turner who was responsible for the introduction of The London
Congestion Charge announced a 20% increase in the numbers of motorcycles,
mopeds and scooters on London roads since the introduction of
the Congestion Charge in February.
MCI Director of Public Affairs Craig Carey-Clinch said action
from central London Boroughs was crucial.
He said: "Clearly the increases in motorcycling demands
a more proactive policy from central London Boroughs. More people
are riding in London, not just to beat the Congestion Charge but
traffic congestion in general and there is an urgent need for
increased parking provision."
Mr Carey-Clinch said Westminster and The City were the worst
offenders while others such as Wandsworth and Camden had a more
proactive attitude towards parking for motorcyclists.
MP Lembit Opik, chair of The Parliamentary All Party Group for
Motorcycling (APG), said: "You didn't have to be a traffic
genius to work out that motorcycle usage would rocket once The
Congestion Charge was introduced. And you don't have to be a prophet
to predict that more powered two wheelers means more on-street
parking is needed. The question is when will central London boroughs
wake up and realise that it's in everyone's interests for riders
to have more on-street parking space."
Derek Turner who is due to leave his post at Transport For London
soon made his comments about the increases in motorcycle usage
at the conference, 'Congestion Charging in The Capital & Lessons
For The Rest of The UK', held in London today.
Mr Turner based the 20% increase on TfL figures gained from regular
traffic counts and said motorcycles were 'undercounted'.
In recent weeks, the City of London and National Car Parks (NCP)
have increased their provision of off-street parking for motorcyclists
to the detriment of much needed on-street parking space. MCI experts
say this discourages commuters from using motorcycles, mopeds
and scooters to commute to work as people now have to park longer
walking distances from their office spaces.