West Yorkshire Combined Authority:
Huddersfield MAG is still working tirelessly on your behalf with Leeds and Wakefield MAG on a county wide campaign to get motorcycles and scooters included in the Single Transport Plan for the region. Together, the three MAG groups cover all five Councils in the county (Kirklees, Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield) and have been holding regular meetings with West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to try to get a fairer deal for the bikers of West Yorkshire.
The West Yorkshire MAG groups have created a document called ‘Pathways to Progress’ which is being used with the WYCA towards getting bus lane access for powered two wheelers, dedicated motorcycle officer on each council, parity with cycles for parking, consultation with road changes and looking at highway furniture safety specifically its effect on motorcycles.
Recently we’ve taken another step forward and WYCA have accepted the principle of bikes in bus lanes, along with better road engineering and parking provision for Motorcycles in their latest Strategy document.
Reporting Road Faults:
We all know our roads aren’t the best (!) but don’t leave it to someone else to sort out, you can get involved and help our local Councils to help us by reporting potholes and broken / missing street furniture (such as bollards, dangerous build-outs and faulty street lights.
It’s simple to report these via a smartphone app called “My Council” which allows you to take a photo of the fault (preferably with something in the photo for scale!) and upload it with the location to whichever Council covers that particular area, so you can use it anywhere in the country. In terms of describing location, bollards and street lights have numbers on them, so you can quote those; you can also use the nearest one for the location of potholes (ie near lamppost number 1234).
You can report online direct to Kirklees Council at: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/transport/roads/roadMaintenance.aspx
You can report online direct to Calderdale Council at: http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/transport-and-streets/roads-and-highways-maintenance