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More Motorcycle Parking in the West End? - April 25th 2006


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    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is encouraging all motorcyclists who ride into the City of Westminster to respond to a web-based consultation on motorcycle parking.

    The consultation, which closes on the 30th April, focuses on whether there is sufficient provision for motorcycle parking, whether motorcycles should pay for parking, whether secure parking facilities should be provided and whether motorcycles should pay the congestion charge.

    MAG in London has long been campaigning for increased motorcycle parking provision to accommodate the increase in motorcycle commuting as commuters switch from cars to bikes to beat both congestion and the congestion charge.

    Presently many commuters are left with no option but to park on pavements where they are being ticketed and can cause obstructions to pedestrians.

    MAG insist that riders are helping Westminster's congestion problem, as motorcycles from the smallest scooter to the largest touring bike not only use less space than cars when moving and parking but they also liberate road space for essential four wheeled traffic to move more easily.

    MAG's National President Ian Mutch said, "Westminster at times is like a jar full of pebbles, you can't fit another stone inside but you can still pour a handful of sand in. Motorcycles are that sand and it makes both environmental and business sense to let us park."