Motorcycles to be allowed on London’s bus lanes

15:17 21 December 2011

Motorcyclists are to be given permanent permission to ride on London’s bus lanes.

The decision to allow motorbikes on the majority of the capital’s red routes from January 23 follows two 18-month trials since 2009.

Transport for London says the trials have been popular, with an estimated 50,000 motorcycle journeys a day in the bus lanes.

It is claimed this has helped smooth traffic, cut CO2 emissions and improve journey times for motorcyclists.

Ben Plowden, TfL’s director of better routes and places, said: “The results of our latest trial show that the Mayor’s policy of providing access to bus lanes along some of the busiest roads in London has delivered strong benefits for motorcyclists and in terms of improving the efficiency of the road network.

“The two trials have shown reduced journey times and environmental benefits with no significant safety issues thrown up for motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users.

“The additional enforcement measures we introduced (between the first and second trials) have also helped reduce average speeds for riders in bus lanes, delivering benefits for all road users in London.

“This is an important measure which has proved popular with motorcyclists across the capital.”

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI), said: “Industry strongly welcomes TfL’s decision. Allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes sends a clear message to road users that motorcycling helps to reduce commuter journey times, traffic congestion and CO2.

“Like cyclists, motorcycle users face vulnerabilities which bus lane use helps to mitigate and we support TfL’s recognition of motorcycling as part of the Mayor’s strategy to smooth traffic flow and reduce CO2.”

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