Sunday, October 12, 2008

Scooters and Motorcycles in Bus Lanes

In the UK a three year study has shown that scooters and motorcycles can safely use bus lanes.

Petition to use bus lanes
Politics & the law
23 February 2007 14:41
Riders can now let Tony Blair know what they think about bikes in bus lanes by signing an online petition demanding we’re allowed to use them.

The petition, on Number 10’s website, says: “We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to allow the use of "Bus Only" lanes by scooters and motorcyles throughout the UK without penalty at any time.”

More than 1,000 names have already been added with five months to go before it’s submitted to Blair.

We reported last month that transport authorities in London were still stalling on letting us use bus lanes despite a three year limited trial showing it would not lengthen bus journey times or deter cyclists.

Riders’ rights groups say access to bus lanes in the capital is a key step to access across the country.


kia of riverside said...

We can't deny the fact that there are great chances of motorcycle accidents if the motorcycles and scooters would use the bus lanes.

Duane Verner said...

Actually, a Transport for London three year pilot study found the opposite. Some of my previous posts give more info on this study. Here is a summary:

Comparing the trial routes of Brixton Road and Finchley Road with a control route, the report found that accidents directly involving motorcycles fell by 45 per cent, while those on the control route increased by 19 per cent. Also down were pedestrian casualties by 39 per cent against a three per cent rise on control route. On the perceived danger to cyclists, the report shows that collisions between cyclists and motorcyclists fell by 44 per cent. Summarising, the draft report said: "These figures demonstrate that crashes involving powered two-wheelers and other vulnerable road-users become more infrequent even when considering the increased concentration of riders."

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