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.”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

We all loved a bit of Nick because really, what’s not to love?

Read more

Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini has won damages over a magazine article about the couple’s wedding.

Read more

The Recording Academy are honouring the late George Harrison with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award.

Read more

Promoted content

We've got a great selection of Secret Santa presents and stocking fillers for under a tenner...  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Office Secret Santa: it’s a Christmas ritual that everyone dreads, but no-one wants to seem like a Scrooge by saying no. Never fear, London24 is here to make buying gifts for Dave in Accounts simple and stress-free, with a selection of presents for under a tenner

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

The mother of seven of the children suffered serious stab wounds. She remains in a stable condition in hospital.

According to the MoD, the answer is a resounded “yes”.

Prices are dropping like nobody’s business – and they’re set to fall further in January.

TOP Stories

Fabric club in Charterhouse Street

Clubbers across the globe are breathing a sigh of relief now that Farringdon superclub Fabric has been allowed to stay open.

12:12
Alison Morrison was stabbed near her home in Harrow yesterday morning (Picture: Google Streetview)

A woman stabbed to death outside her home in west London was allegedly locked in a bitter dispute over a shared driveway with her neighbour, who has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Police believe this woman can help in their investigation [Photograph from BTP]

Police want to speak to the woman in this photograph after a 23-year-old man was subjected to a ‘prolonged verbal tirade’ by a woman on the Metropolitan Line.

London Bloggers

Thursday, November 27, 2014
The main room at the Museum of Comedy (Pic: Steve Ullathorne)

This week I visited the Museum of Comedy located at the corner of Museum Street and Bloomsbury Way in the crypt under St George’s Church.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bird Lovegod

I genuinely and honestly have only a slight problem when it comes to buying domain names.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bird says back up your data

What happened after a friend of mine lost basically everything he’d created in the last 5 years: