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How a simple text message can cause mayhem

March 10, 2010

There’s Christmas day, Mothers’ day, Boxing day, New Year’s day and now there is BIKERS’ DAY! Every Wednesday, it’s bikers’ day from now on! It’s not just once a year, it’s every single week.

This morning, during rush hour, about 25 bikers gathered at Millbank in Central London with one simple objective: legally cause gridlock on the roads of Westminster to protest at parking charges imposed on them by Westminster City Council with no valid reason, other than that of filling up the council’s coffers. This was the first in a series of weekly gatherings until Tory Councillor Danny Chalkley scraps his controversal motorcycle parking tax.

At 7.15am, the No To Bike Parking Tax campaign committee sent a short text message to advise where the meeting point was going to be: “Wed Morn B’fast Club – MEET COBBLED CRES COURTYARD OUTSIDE MILLBANK TOWER, MILLBANK, 7.50am Wed 10 March. Depart 8am 2 flashpoint venue, location TBA”. 30 minutes later, some 25 bikers gathered at Millbank, ready to cause mayhem on the roads. Within minutes, the roads in the Millbank area were completely blocked, with hundreds of cars, buses, taxis stuck in an enormous traffic jam.

There is no need for hundreds of bikers to block the roads, 25 of them is more than enough to bring traffic to a standstill. What made us laugh is how quickly the Police turned up and were unable to make the bikers move away. They just looked like headless chickens running around. The bikers were doing nothing wrong at all, they were just riding their motorcycles on the road, at a very low speed, which is perfectly legal, thus causing gridlock behind them. We wonder how many circles those bikers made on the roundabout, thus stopping all four wheeled vehicles from entering it.

Any car, bus or taxi driver approaching a biker to tell them off was given a leaflet to explain what this was all about. They were also urged to express their anger at Westminster City Council, the source of all this mess. If Councillor Danny Chalkley had not introduced a motorcycle parking tax in Westminster, all these people wouldn’t have been stuck in traffic and would have managed to get to work on time this morning.

This is now on the agenda every Wednesday morning during rush hour, but in a different location each time. Don’t try to predict what the location will be, only the No To Bike Parking Tax committee knows it, no one else, even not us! Register here to receive the SMS and join the fun!

Remember, there is only one way to stop this: ask Councillor Danny Chalkley to scrap the bike parking tax. If you’re not happy with being stuck in traffic for hours every Wednesday morning, then speak to Danny Chalkley at Westminster City Council. Bikers’ day is only on Wednesdays at the moment, but we wonder how long it will take before mayhem is caused on other weekdays if the bike parking tax is not scrapped soon…

They treat motorcycles like cars so they will congest like cars!


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. Kate permalink

    The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club (WMBC) is such an enjoyable gathering of motorcycles and scooters. I can’t wait for the next one.

    If Westminster wants to charge us like cars, then we will behave like cars!

    Westminster Council could easily make this problem go away by making motorcycle parking bays free of charge again. We must all remember, Westminster Council is responsible for the Wednesday morning rush hour congestion, not the bikers!

    See you at the next Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club (WMBC) “gathering” ;o)

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