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French bikers take over the public transport to express their anger at the Government

March 15, 2010

We are still receiving amazing news every hour with regards to the bikers’ protest at the French Government proposals to make filtering through the traffic illegal in France.

We have just learned that Paris was not (see our previous post, click here) the only city in France where bikers had decided to take possession of the local public transport, following the French Transport Secretary, Jean-Marc Belotti, who said that “If they [bikers] are not happy, they can take the metro like everyone else”.


Bikers descend en masse to the Paris metro, following the Government's advice to take public transport if they're not happy!


Well, while most major cities in France have a metro or underground network to get around town, smaller cities don’t. 1,500 bikers demonstrated on Saturday in the eastern town of Nancy, where not only did they block the roads in the town centre, but also jumped on buses en masse, with their helmets on, and preventing everyone else from getting on to the local public transport. They occupied all the seats straight away, so no one could possibly sit down, and they also made sure that every little space was occupied by a motorcyclist. The authorities want bikers to use public transport if they’re not happy, what a great suggestion! Not only can they use it but they can also block it and bring it to a complete standstill if they want to. Oh dear, what a bad suggestion the Government has made, haven’t they? We have heard that bikers will do this again once a week if the Government doesn’t scrap their proposals immediately. Power to the people!


Bikers take over a bus in Nancy, as advised by the Government, if they're not happy!


Bikers occupy every seat on the bus to make sure no one else can sit down! Who said they had to take public transport if they're not happy?


In Bordeaux, hundreds of bikers also took possession of the overground train system. They all jumped on the train, called “tram”, thus blocking everyone else from getting on board and blocking the train at the same time, causing gridlock on the whole network.


Bikers try to jum on a local train in Bordeaux, causing gridlock on the whole network!


Who said that bikers had to take the public transport if they were not happy? UK France Bikers have heard that the French Government is now seriously regretting what they’ve said…

Rule number one for everybody – never piss off and mess up with a biker, especially if they happen to be French!

We wonder whether British bikers are going to follow the example of their French colleagues in taking the London public transport en masse, in response to Councillor Susie Burbridge of Westminster City Council, who advised:-

“Who ever said going green would be free. Motorbikes as other vehicles with engines cause pollution, take up road space, have a cost implication, pro rata I believe a higher level of accidents also in town. Being environmentally friendly would be to encourage motorbikers to use more public transport.”

Keep an eye on the bikers, Transport for London (TfL)!


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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  1. chas permalink

    vivre le France well done to our biker cousins across the water it should give us some inspiration here in the UK

  2. Phil Randome permalink

    In London, France & Europe (3rd EU Directive 2011-2013) we PTW’s are facing ever more regulation but these don’t appear to address a genuine need to solve a problem. It is more a case of a politician trying to strengthen power by dealing with a difficulty “hyped” up by themselves. One might be forgiven for believing their intelligent foolishness but this shows that they don’t have enough real work to occupy their time. This foolishness disguised as wisdom then relies on lies, exaggeration, double-speak, political jargon & frequent reference to a future nirvana to support the cause. Even when demonstrably proven wrong/misguided/immoral/costly the government minister or councillor invariably continues with it. Westminster CC’s officers are an example of this.
    Taking to the streets, motorways & métro will be the only way that we’ll be recognised & our dissatisfaction addressed.

    Je suis pressé donc je n’ai pas assez de temps de faire une traduction.
    Il me semble que la manif de samedi passé était bien faite. Bon courage.

  3. Jorel permalink

    great stuff, nice to see the French bikers standing up to the scum in power, what a stupid idea to make filtering illegal, you might as well tell them they are going to ban motorcycles on the road as they will have to sit in traffic just like the cars, what a bunch of idiots!

  4. You have to hand it to the French. They centrainly are world leaders when it comes to demonstrations. I agree completely. It is absurd to make filtering illegal. Awareness training by other road users would not go a miss

  5. This foolishness disguised as wisdom then relies on lies, exaggeration, double-speak, political jargon & frequent reference to a future nirvana to support the cause

  6. The only issue with filtering through traffic is in the unfortunate event of an accident. There are many cases out there where bikers have been knocked off and are held 100% responsible for the accident. see for examples link below. In my opinion i can imagine the story behind making filtering illegal it when it come to motorcycle accidents, if your found filtering you will be immediately to blame. I can also imagine the insurance company saying if your filtering it will void your insurance!


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