UPDATED: London biker protest goes ahead
UPDATE: The #weridelondon awareness ride will go ahead tomorrow, two weeks after it was originally planned.
Organisers decided to cancel the previous event, set for 23 March, after the tragic events that occurred in Westminster the afternoon before.
The ride is there to raise awareness about a number of issues London bikers are facing, Read on for more details.
Bikers in London are being urged to join a group a ride around the city to protest a number of issues set to be introduced in the capital.
#WeRideLondon is the group behind the ride and it is looking to drive fair changes and improvements to transport policy in London.
According to the group, motorcycles and scooters are being forced off the road in London with proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charges one of the main points of objection for the group.
ULEZ charges for two wheelers
Back in 2015 London Mayor, Boris Johnson, revealed that motorcycles aged 13 years or older would have to pay £12.50 to enter a new ULEZ.
#WeRideLondon are against the proposed changes, which are based on emissions and combatting congestion, stating that powered two wheelers are part of the solution, just as cyclists are, rather than the problem.
Alongside ULEZ concerns, tomorrow’s ride will also look to raise awareness for four separate issues too, including:
• Protection of lane widths to allow safe lane filtering
• Universal use of bus lanes as pioneered by Transport for London
• Adequate secure motorcycle parking
• More action against bike theft and bike-jacking
Tomorrow’s ride will start at Regent’s Park on the Outer Circle near the junction with Avenue Road, with a planned departure at 1.30pm.
Riders are being advised to arrive at 1.00pm and to wear normal work clothes and open faced helmets to humanise themselves.
The Bike Insurer will be present along the way and bring you more information about the ride.