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Would Chalkley describe Canadian bikers as rogues?

November 10, 2009

Thousands of bikers living in and visiting the Central London Borough of Westminster have been campaigning against the introduction of a parking tax by Councillor Danny Chalkley, which is only there to fill up Westminster City Council’s coffers and promote the Partners in Parking (PiP) scheme, by treating bikers as cash cows to bring more revenue and make the overall scheme look financially more attractive to other councils.

A few months ago, Chalkley, to whom the concept of democracy and freedom of speech is totally unknown, treated the bikers living in and visiting his Borough as rogues, purely because they were exercising their legal right, as citizens and residents of the United Kingdom, to protest at a scheme imposed on them, without proper consultation, that represented the most important piece of anti-bike legislation ever introduced by any politician in the European Union.

We have recently been contacted by one of our Canadian readers, based in Vancouver, who has expressed their disgust at the way motorcyclists in London, keen to promote the environment by using a greener mode of transport, have been treated by Westminster City Council. Hundreds of bikers based in the Canadian province of British Columbia have also been complaining to the local authorities about the way they have been treated, to the extent that a petition is currently being circulated among the local biking community to demand additional FREE motorcycle parking in Vancouver. Our Canadian colleagues are not alone to think that the use of motorcycles, as a greener, faster, cheaper and more convenient mode of transport should be encouraged, not discouraged by local authorities providing inadequate parking facilities, designed to deter citizens from leaving their cars and switching to two wheels. You can view the Canadian petition by clicking on the link at the end of this post.

Chalkley should realise that bikers in London are not the only ones in the world who are opposed to being penalised and punished by being unfairly stealth taxed, purely because motorcycles are the solution to congestion and pollution issues in city centres. Below are a few quotes from Canadian bikers who, like us and the many supporters of the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign, strongly believe that local authorities should encourage the use of motorcycles:-

 

“Government has to understand that protecting the environment can be achieved with less polluting cars in the downtown core area. A motorcycle is a lot more environmentally friendly and creates less congestion than cars”.

“I agree that motorcycles, scooters, electric bicycles etc. should be encouraged, not discouraged, as they use less fuel and cause less congestion than cars”.

“Really, this should be a no-brainer. Motorcycles make MUCH less of an impact on congestion, wear and tear on road surfaces, and use less fuel than practically all cars. Let’s encourage their use downtown!”

“Please support the environment, 2 wheel scooters are much more efficient than driving a car just for groceries!”

“Those making conscious decisions to reduce congestion and pollution should be rewarded, not punished”.

“Motorcycles have lower greenhouse gas emissions than cars, making them more environmentally friendly”.

“I ride a 50cc scooter with my husband to work every day rather than using our car. Instead of encouraging this, the City fines us and asks for $40 month plus taxes to park downtown in their Easypark lots, all more than 8 blocks from my office. Not forward thinking at all”.

“More bikes = less stressful traffic and less pollution”.

 

So Mr Chalkley, would you describe these Canadian bikers as rogues in the same way as the ones you have come across in Westminster, who have been legally protesting at your non-sense motorcycle parking tax? Wherever you are in the world, bikers form the strongest community on the roads. United all together as one group, they will always fight very hard against anyone who dares to compromise the freedom they’ve always enjoyed and deserved. Wherever on this planet, freedom is the core value of a motorcyclist and green is the symbol colour of a motorcycle.

 

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Source (click to view):-

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/vancouver_motorcycle_parking/

 

Campaign logoPlease 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 7th December 2009, don’t miss it! For further details, visit  http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

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 7 decembre 2009, ne la ratez pas! Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/

 

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One Comment
  1. Sending my support from Athens, Greece, the motorcyclists in London are currently fighting the money grabbing bureaucrats who now charge them to park on-street in overcrowded, insecure parking bays. Good luck to you guys, I hope democracy wins, both in Vancouver and London. I live in Athens, Greece, where motorcycles are encouraged and park almost anywhere for free without hindrance (even on the pavement, without causing an obstruction) GOOD LUCK, FIGHT THEM ALL THE WAY!

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