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Kensington & Chelsea are having a taste of Westminster’s defaced bike parking signs

January 15, 2010

Last month, we published a post titled “Bikers are getting angry at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea”, where we explained how the Council quietly introduced 960 motorcycle parking spaces for their residents only, but for which their use is charged by means of a parking permit.

The Council has been trying hard to justify the residents’ charge with the installation of ground anchors to increase security, but the take-up of these devices has remained extremely low. The problem is that the vast majority of local residents are reluctant to pay for parking their bike, even in bays equipped with security devices. They therefore park their motorcycle in free bays dedicated to visitors, thus making it very difficult for the same visitors to park while visiting the borough.

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) have received many complaints about their unpopular motorcycle parking scheme, and despite this, they seem to continue with it, a bit like the Westminster Tory Councillors, who have chosen to ignore thousands of objections to their bike parking tax and are now facing the consequences of their choice.

Anyway, one of our readers has kindly sent us a few pictures of a residents motorcycle parking bay in the RBKC, where the ground painted word “permits” is defaced, thus making the affected bay usable by everyone and, most importantly, free of charge for all.



We are not surprised to come across a defaced residents motorcycle parking bay in Kensington & Chelsea, given how fed up motorcyclists are with parking in tiny visitor spaces, while some 960 spaces in the residents’ bays are not being used at all. How frustrating is it when a visitor rides around for more than twenty minutes to find a space and sees plenty of unoccupied resident bays and so many over-crowded visitor bays?

Despite the many emails and letters that the RBKC has received from angry bikers over the past months, nothing has been done, so some individuals seem to have decided to take radical action and deface those resident bays to make them available to everyone, free of charge.

It sounds like the RBKC are now having a little taste of what Westminster City Council are currently going through with all their motorcycle parking signs defaced by a large group of protestors, fed up with dealing with a council that doesn’t listen.

We won’t be surprised if, in the near future, we notice that all the resident motorcycle parking bays have been defaced, costing the council thousands of pounds of lost parking revenue and taxpayers’ money. This is what happens when councillors refuse to listen to the people they are paid to serve.

Let’s not forget that, like Westminster City Council, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is a Conservative lead council… that says it all, doesn’t it?



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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One Comment
  1. Black Prince permalink

    Great article, It looks quite easy to paint the road in black……

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