Bank holiday disruption expected as hundreds of bikers stage demonstration through Leeds

Library picture of a previous MAG demonstration
Library picture of a previous MAG demonstration
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Drivers have been warned they face potential disruption as hundreds of motorcyclists take to the roads of Leeds for a mass demonstration this weekend.

Members of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) will ride in convoy from Squires Cafe Bar, in Newthorpe, near South Milford, down York Road and then around the city centre loop road before making their way to Headingley on Saturday.

Organisers say the event is designed to highlight how bikers are being overlooked by transport chiefs.

Leeds MAG representative Richard Manton said: “We hope there’s not going to be too much of an issue for other road users on Saturday, but we need to do this – we need to be seen.

“We seem to be forgotten and marginalised quite a lot and we need to open people’s eyes to the fact that we are here.”

MAG is campaigning for motorbikes, mopeds and scooters to be allowed to use bus lanes in Leeds.

Members are also unhappy that they have been omitted from a 20-year transport plan drawn up for West Yorkshire.

Mr Manton said studies had suggested that if 20 per cent of drivers switched to bikes, congestion would be cut significantly.

He added: “The demo is to make motorcyclists aware, but also to make the public realise, that we’re part of the solution to transport issues, not the problem.”

The ride starts at about noon and is scheduled to finish at the New Inn, Eccup, about two hours later.