How to park your bike in Westminster
The pictures below, taken today by a No To Bike Parking Tax campaigner, show the current on-street motorcycle parking conditions in the central London borough of Westminster.
One would expect the use of a mode of transport that doesn’t cause congestion to be encouraged by providing adequate parking facilities, but in Westminster, where bikes are so much hated by the council, it’s more important to save kerb space for cars and car clubs to help London remain the second most congested city in Europe. And can you imagine that riders are asked to pay £1 a day to squeeze in their bikes like sardines? £1 a day for what service? To get your motorbike or scooter damaged due to delibarate lack of parking space, while Boris Johnson’s bicycle scheme (“cycle hire”) is given plenty of space for parking!
But because it’s actually the Mayor’s initiative, Westminster Council is happy to make sure that plenty of space is provided for his scheme, whilst when it comes to help London residents, who are also keen to alleviate congestion in the British capital by using motorbikes and scooters, then that’s another matter. We wonder to what extent Westminster Council is not delibarately creating these horrible parking conditions for motorcycles in a view to claiming that there isn’t enough space in the borough to accomodate them all, hence the parking tax to reduce the number of powered two wheelers (PTWs) in circulation. Pure robbery!
Compare the above with motorcycle parking facilities in Paris, Barcelona and Milan provided free of charge and let us know what you think! And no, don’t say that Paris, Barcelona and Milan know how to treat bikers and provide excellent parking facilities to them, because you will be preaching a converted!
Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit
Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez
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