Motorcycle Action Group
Started 2 petitions
Promote Motorcycles as a Solution to Improve Birmingham's Air Quality
We the undersigned believe that charging PTWs of any age is contrary to the objective of Birmingham's proposed Clean Air Zone, and that promotion of a modal shift from single occupancy cars to PTWs should be included as a positive policy to address the air quality challenge. There is no evidence presented in the Birmingham City Council proposals to demonstrate that levels of pollution created by PTW's have been measured or modelled. The consultation paperwork clearly states “So far, we have not considered whether motorcycles/mopeds should be charged”. Given reports from Transport for London (http://content.tfl.gov.uk/pt-emissions-study.pdf) demonstrating that small petrol cars emit an average of 6.5 times more Oxides of Nitrogen than small PTWs using bus lanes, and the Leuven study report (http://www.tmleuven.be/project/motorcyclesandcommuting/20110921_Motorfietsen_eindrapport_Eng.pdf) which demonstrated that a 10% modal shift from cars to PTWs results in a 40% redction in congestion for all road users and a reduction of CO2 by 7.5%, NOX by 5.5%, PM2.5_exhaust by 4% and PM2.5_non-exhaust by 16%, there is a very strong case to promote a modal shift of this kind in Birmingham. Failure to implement, or at the very least to consider, such a policy is therefore a neglect of the council's statutory duty to consider all possible methods to improve air quality to legal levels "in the shortest possible time"
Put an end to the motorcycle theft epidemic in the West Midlands
Motorcycle theft in the West Midlands is at epidemic levels. In 2016 1,700 motorcycles were reported stolen in the West Midlands making motorcycles 13 times more likely to be stolen than cars. In 2017 1,927 motorcycles were reported stolen in the West Midlands. Despite a 78% increase in car theft in 2017, motorcycles were still 8 times more likely to be stolen than cars. Stolen motorcycles are often used to enable further crime and antisocial behavior that has seen neighborhoods terrorized, a local MP, Steve McCabe, physically assaulted and more recently a 6 year old child hospitalized with a compound leg fracture. Solving the bike theft epidemic will directly impact the anti-social riding epidemic. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that these anti-social thugs use stolen bikes. Victims of bike theft need more than a crime number, we need positive action that will deliver results. We, the undersigned, understand the funding restrictions and multiple issues faced by West Midlands Police and recognize the efforts of the rank and file officers to help us. However, we ask that a higher priority is given to solving the bike theft epidemic and a meaningful effort made at senior levels to develop a coordinated and effective partnership approach that will deliver results.