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Motorcycle parking in Paris and Barcelona versus Westminster

August 27, 2009

In an earlier post, we published a few pictures of the parking facilities for motorcycles in Paris and, more importantly, the fantastic security devices they have down there, all available, of course, free of charge. Below is just a quick reminder of what the FREE motorcycle parking facilities in the French capital look like, compared with the ones in Westminster, which motorcyclists can use in exchange for the payment of a stealth tax of £1 a day or £100 per annum.





Westminster (over-crowded bays with no security devices for £1 a day or £100 per annum)

parking 1


Now, we have recently been visiting the lovely Spanish city of Barcelona, where the use of motorcycles, as a cheap, less polluting and convenient mode of transport for many citizens, is as popular as in Paris. Here are the parking facilities available for motorcyclists down there, again free of charge:-


Barcelona Parking


We have also come across a nice picture of another motorcycle parking bay in Barcelona, on the forum:-


Barcelona Parking2


Note the amount of space that is given to each bike, and compare this with Westminster, where parking bays are over-crowded, due to a severe shortage of parking facilities for motorcyclists, and yet Westminster City Council dare to tax bikers for parking!

What really concerns us is what Westminster City Council actually do with the income made from motorcycle parking. A recent Freedom of Information request has revealed that not a single penny collected from motorcycle parking during the financial year 2008/09 (which, together with car parking, amounted to £34 million), was actually reinvested into motorcycle parking. We now can understand why motorcycle parking bays in Westminster are so much over-crowded and lack of security devices. This is simply because Westminster don’t invest in motorcycle parking, they just tax motorcyclists for using undevelopped and unmodernised facilities (which were free of charge up to twelve months ago), and invest the income taken from motorcyclists in other transport related areas. This is exactly what the Freedom of Information request has revealed. Westminster City Council consider motorcyclists as cash cows.

Surely, if Paris and Barcelona have both managed to provide more than adequate parking facilities for motorcyclists, without stealth taxing them, why can’t Westminster, the wealthiest Council in the United Kingdom? In the meantime, the City of Paris has recently announced that 18,000 additional parking spaces for motorbikes and scooters will be created, free of charge, to meet the increasing demand. So what is Westminster Councillor Danny Chalkley on about with his bike parking tax?

 Sources (click to view):-

Freedom of Information re how Westminster spend their parking income

 18,000 additional parking spaces for motorcycles in Paris (in French)


Please join and support the legal fight to get the bike parking tax in Westminster scrapped before it spreads all over the UK and the European Union. The next demonstration is on 30th September 2009, don’t miss it! For further details, visit

Soutenez et participez au proces dont le but est de forcer la mairie de Westminster a supprimer la taxe de stationnement des deux-roues avant que le concept ne se propage a travers le Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. La prochaine manifestation aura lieu le 30 septembre 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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