"It's behind you!" warn bus lane panto dames

London cyclists advised to watch for motorbikes

A pair of bike-riding panto dames took to London’s streets today to warn fellow cyclists to watch out for motorbikes in bus lanes.

The dames are members of London Cycling Campaign, which is running an awareness and monitoring campaign in response to the start of an 18-month trial allowing motorbikes into many of the city’s bus lanes. 

LCC’s chief executive, Koy Thomson, said: “Putting motorbikes in bus lanes will not reduce motor traffic and will likely undermine the Mayor’s targets for growth in cycling. 

“The Mayor has set this up as a trial and it is vital that it is properly monitored and evaluated,” he continued. “We want to give cyclists and pedestrians an opportunity to report their experiences and to record incidents that take place in bus lanes.”

Bus Lane Watch cards are being distributed to cyclists from 5th January, informing them of the experimental trial of motorbikes in red route bus lanes and providing them with a web address where they can report experiences and incidents to the LCC. 

Previous trials of motorbikes in bus lanes have not, according to Transport for London, provided clear evidence of benefits to motorcyclists, but have the potential for 'disbenefits’ to cyclists and pedestrians. 

Transport for London will be running a consultation on the trial for a period of six months, ending in July.

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