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Gridlocking Central London becomes routine for the bikers

May 20, 2010

Like every Wednesday morning during rush hour, Central London was again gridlocked by the bikers yesterday, angry at Westminster City Council’s motorcycle parking tax. By riding their bikes like they would drive cars, the bikers caused enormous traffic jams in Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square, all the way up to Picadilly, Soho and Covent Garden, and all the way down to Victoria, Green Park and St James’s Park.



The bikers took over the roundabout on Trafalgar Square, thus blocking all the major roads that lead on to it. Enormous queues of cars, buses and taxis started to appear on all the major roads forcing thousands of commuters to remain stuck in traffic for hours, while desparately trying to make their way to work. The bikers cannot be more greateful to TfL (Transport for London) for continuing to use their bendy buses, which take so much space on the roads that they are of great help to cause traffic chaos. After all, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has done a good job by not scrapping the bendy buses, as he promised he would do during the elections campaign last year.


Bendy buses are doing a great job at helping the bikers to gridlock London


It’s never been so easy to bring London to a complete standstill, and this is entirely the fault of Conservative lead Westminster City Council who, despite thousands of objections to their bike parking tax lodged twice in a row, have decided to go ahead with introducing a stealth tax on motorcycle parking on a permanent basis. The bikers have been gridlocking London for ten consecutive weeks and Westminster Council have so far not said a word, as if they just didn’t know what to say. They are probably so embarrassed about the whole situation, especially as they delay thousands of commuters on their way to work because of their money-grabbing motorcycle parking scheme, that they no doubt prefer to remain silent and behave as if they didn’t care. But one thing is for sure, if you are not happy about being stuck in traffic every Wednesday morning during rush hour, whether you are in your car, a taxi or on a bus, then blame Westminster Council’s parking department. They are the ones to blame, as all they have to do to stop this weekly chaos in Central London is scrap the bike parking tax. Simple!

We are told that the bikers are prepared to gridlock London every single day from June 1st if Westminster City Council have not scrapped the bike parking tax by then. The good news is that the bikers will have lots of fun while they cause traffic chaos every day. There’s nothing more fun and relaxing than be on a bike, suck the early morning sun while riding slowly and leaving plenty of space between the vehicle in front and behind and enjoying a nice and peaceful morning. When the bikers eventually decide to head off to work by filtering through the stationary traffic they have created, they leave behind hours of nightmare and misery for thousands of Londoners who will get to work with at least two to three hours delay. So if the bikers start to gridlock London like this every single week day, you can imagine the massive disruption that they will cause. All this because of the Westminster parking Conservative boys who continue to ignore the demands of thousands of motorcyclists to scrap the bike parking tax.



We have noted this week the reduced police presence to regulate the traffic chaos caused by the bikers. By riding perfectly legally, that is to ride at the minimum authorised speed, leave plenty of space between them and delibarately stay stationary in traffic like cars do, the police has absolutely no reason to arrest anyone and stop the bikers protesting every week. There’s nothing better and more effective than cause disruption while following the law to the letter.

We have heard that Councillor Danny Chalkley, the architect of the much hated bike parking tax, has this week left his position of Cabinet member for transport and parking. While UK France bikers are absolutely delighted to hear this wonderful piece of news, we pretty much hope that Chalkley’s replacement will prove to have a little bit more common sense by recognising the many benefits that bikes bring to the urban environment, such as reducing air pollution and causing no road congestion. So why stealth taxing motorcycles for parking when they are the transport solution for a congested and polluted city such as London?

If you treat bikes like cars, they will behave 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. DJA permalink

    What’s more, in order to avoid being held up by protests more people are likely to jump on their bikes, in turn strengthening the need for Westminster council to DO SOMETHING!

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