Review of Responses to Hackney Council's Proposal
As many of you know by now, Hackney is introducing livelihood crushing parking rules that make life much, much worse (and more expensive) for motorcyclists in London, especially those who work or commute in Hackney.
I review the responses to their consultation here, ask why the council is pressing ahead despite such strong dissatisfaction with the proposal and outline what you can do to urge the council to reconsider their brash decsion.
What did people tell Hackney Council about their proposal?
Despite ~80% of respondents being in disagreement with Hackney Council's proposals, the council has chosen to push ahead with these livelihood crushing measures without addressing the extent to which their proposal has been opposed.
- The majority of responses (40%) were from people who live in Hackney.
- The majority of responses in every single group surveyed - including Blue Badge holders were against the proposals.
- It's really hard to overstate how much people disagreed with the Council's proposal.
- When we look at responses to the proposal based on vehicle usage, the only group of users who agreed with the proposal were people who do not live in Hackney and with a "vehicle only" - i.e. they are vehicle owners in other boroughs! Hardly representative.
- Almost half (46.3%) of Hackney residents reported never having visitors by motorcycles. This suggests that motorcycles stick to the busier roads near offices and for thoroughfare - and are not a major cause of congestion and pollution in residential areas of the borough.
Is Hackney Council being fair?
In short, no. Here's why:
Hackney council is now allowing residents to purchase a permit both for a car and for a motorcycle - this means residents who previously had only a motorbike can now also park a car on Hackney's street. It is hard to see how this aligns with the Council's stated goal of promoting cleaner modes of transport. It does however, help generate more revenue for the Council.
In all of its terminology the council mentions "motorcycles" rather than the more accurate term using in many other government publications of "powered two wheelers". We believe this is intentional - motorcycles conjures images of loud, polluting 1980s style bikes but the reality is that the majority of powered two wheelers on the road are relatively low emission scooters and small bikes that are better suited to city riding.
Hackney Council's document outlining their decision does not address that 80% of responses disagreed with their proposal. This is not a small amount - 4 in 5 people are against this.
What can you do?
- Contact motorcycle dealers and manufacturers to get involved using email, social media, and other channels. We think electric and city bike manufacturers may be particularly interested - Maeving, Zero, Harley Davidson, Honda etc.
- Get involved with Save London Motorcycling (Twitter @SaveLondonMC and Instagram @savehackneymc)
- Sign the petition.
- Contact Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney who chose to push ahead with this decision despite overwhelming opposotion from proposal respondents.
- Use the talking points to reach out to journalists and members of the press to tell them how this change will affect you and others.
How will these changes affect our lives and why they are based on questionable logic.
Despite ~80% of respondents being in disagreement with Hackney Council's proposals, the council has chosen to push ahead with draconian measures. The council leaders are not representing their constituents in this case.
Anyone who commutes to Hackney from another borough can expect to now pay an estimated £5,400 per year for their commute (225 working days * £3 per hour parking * 8 hours per day)
The Council is siding with car owners who want to see a reduction in scooters and motorcycles in the borough - despite scooters and motorcycles being as clean as or cleaner than cars and unlike cars, reducing congestion.
Electric motorcycles are entering the mainstream. It is virtually undebatable that powered two wheelers will continue to get greener. Maeving have a £5k electric city motorbike on sale today, Harley Davidson have their flagship electric Livewire and many more are following suit.
Hackney Council expects to generate £110,000 additional revenue through these permits and another £300,000 through parking fees from visitors - we feel the actual figures will be far higher based on the calculations they have shared. These changes undeniably generate a lot of cash for the council.
The ULEZ is already operational in Hackney and London more widely - this means that any motorcycle that does not mean recent emissions standards will have already paid £12.50 per day to be in Hackney in the first place. Adding this to the cost above - we are now effectively charging cleaner motorcyles £5.4k per year to ride in London and £7,650 per year for more polluting motorcycles.
See for yourself
📇 Consultation Summary Report
📇 Overview of Consultation
📇 Hackney Council Review & Decision Document