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New Competition Gives Bikesafe-London Riders Chance To Win Their Dream Motorcycle Or Scooter

By: | Published 22 August 2011, 10:35 | Views: 2,922 | tags: bike-safe, scooter-safe, london, tfl, transport for london, initiative, mayor, competition, motorcycle, industry, win, safety, scheme, police, mci
Riders who participate in Transport for London (TfL) motorcycle or scooter assessment days during the next three months could win a new motorcycle or scooter in a competition being run in conjunction with the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI).

The competition, which will run between 1 September and 30 November, is open to anyone who attends a BikeSafe-London or ScooterSafe-London Rider Skills Day and completes a short questionnaire based on the assessment.

The prizes, worth around £20,000, have been provided to TfL by the MCI at no cost to the taxpayer. Successful entrants could win:

· A motorcycle of their choice (up to a value of £12,000)

· A scooter of their choice (up to the value of £2,000)

· One of three sets of protective clothing (up to the value of £1,000 each)

· One of six helmets (up to the value of £500 each)

Working with motorcyclists to improve safety on the Capitals roads is a key priority for TfL, as despite reductions in the number of riders killed or seriously injured ever year in London, too many riders are still involved in collisions. Since 1 May 2008, around 5,000 riders have completed the Rider Skills Day, which combines observed rides with interactive presentations and advice on keeping safer whilst riding in London to help riders avoid collisions in future.

The Rider Skills Days, which are run by TfL and delivered by the Metropolitan Police Services' Motorcycle Tasking Team, look to educate London's motorcyclists and scooter riders, as well as ensure that rider documentation and vehicle standards are correct.

As well as continuing to invest in the BikeSafe-London Rider Skills Days, TfL is working on a motorcycle safety action plan, which will seek to develop actions and proposals to improve road safety, specifically for motorcyclists. Work to engage with manufacturers and stakeholders is ongoing and TfL intend to publish the action plan later this year.

Ben Plowden, Director of Better Routes and Places at TfL said:

"The Mayor of London and TfL are both committed to improving motorcycle safety in London. Although the number of people killed or seriously injured whilst riding a powered two wheeled vehicle in London has fallen by 34 per cent since the mid nineties, there is still much that both TfL and the motorcycling community can do."

"That's why TfL is working to develop a motorcycle safety action plan and looking to the motorcycling community to ride responsibly and safely, with due regard for other road users. By running this competition with the MCI, we hope to encourage the Capital's motorcyclists to improve their skills and raise awareness of motorcyclists to all road users across London."

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motor Cycle Industry Association said: "Encouraging motorcycle and scooter riders to constantly develop their riding skill levels is essential and the Motor Cycle Industry is pleased to be working with TfL on this initiative.

"The motorcycle community is fully supportive of BikeSafe-London and ScooterSafe-London and if this scheme results in increased numbers of riders being involved with a skills assessment and then going on to further develop their riding technique MCI will be delighted with its participation."

To book a place on a BikeSafe-London session, visit

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