Action plan launched to cut accidents for motorcyclists in London

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Transport for London (TfL) has published the capital's first Motorcycle Safety Action Plan designed to reduce the number of collisions involving motorcyclists and scooter riders.   TfL say its top priority is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSIs) on London’s roads by 40 per cent by 2020.  This is part of a wider plan to make roads safer for all vulnerable road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.   The number of riders killed in London has halved in the past 10 years, but TfL has published six commitments to work towards reducing the number further still.   It has developed these with a range of partners, including the Motorcycle Industry Association.   MCI’s policy advisor Craig Carey-Clinch was enthusiastic about the plan, but urged TfL to include motorcycles in mainstream transport policy:    “Motorcycles are an important component in London's transport system and riders have a right to expect a safer road environment. The Action Plan marks a valuable step in bringing safety initiatives together under a single framework. We welcome TfL's commitment to motorcycle safety and look forward to working with the TfL team as the Action Plan is delivered and also further developing the role of motorcycling under a holistic safety and transport policy.”  
  • The six key commitments are:
  1.    To lead the way in achieving a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the capital’s roads by 2020 – with a longer term ambition of freeing London’s roads from death and serious injury;   2.    To prioritise safety of the most vulnerable groups – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – which make up 80 per cent of serious and fatal collisions;   3.    To provide substantial funding for road safety, invested in the most effective and innovative schemes;   4.    To increase efforts with the police and enforcement agencies in tackling illegal, dangerous and careless road user behaviour that puts people at risk;   5.    To campaign for changes in national and EU law to make roads, vehicles and drivers safer;   6.    To work in partnership with boroughs and London’s road safety stakeholders to spread best practice and share data and information.   You can read more here