Motorbikes in London bus lanes - Boris petitioned

By BikeRadar | Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2.10pm

London Assembly member Jenny Jones will be presenting London Mayor Boris Johnson with a petition from more than 3000 cycle users asking him not to make a snap decision to allow motorbikes to use bus lanes based on evidence that Transport for London says is unreliable.  

The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) believes that such a move could endanger the lives of cyclists and pedestrians and Jenny Jones will present the petition at City Hall on June 18. The petition signatures were gathered by the LCC, with many cyclists adding their own messages to the Mayor, including:

 ‘I am sad to say that this might force me off the road altogether as a cyclist’ – Elena

‘Please do not make hasty decisions that could endanger lives and are very likely to drive cyclists off the road because it becomes more frightening and unpleasant’. – Elizabeth

‘Bus lanes are currently one of the few safe places to cycle when on busy roads’ – Tom

‘It is difficult to believe that as a fellow cyclist Boris Johnson does not see what a terrible idea this is’. – Jane

LCC’s chief executive Koy Thomson has written to the Mayor saying that : “While we would support measures to make motorcycling safer such as a 20 mph speed limit, there is no clear environmental, safety, or congestion reason for allowing motorcycles into bus lanes.

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“Making a snap decision on this key issue based on evidence that is ‘not statistically significant’, or is based on ‘flawed methodology’, is an enormous risk and could adversely impact the safety of many pedestrians and cyclists.

“This would be a decision taken not only against the advice of transport officials and without the input of cycling and pedestrian groups, but also in the face of a warning that this could ‘disbenefit’ cyclists and pedestrians. There has been no attempt to assess the impact of this measure acrossLondon for all street users."

According to the LCC, motorcycles are involved in a greater proportion of collisions per kilometre with pedestrians and cyclists than are cars. 

But what do you feel about the issue of sharing bus lanes with powered two wheelers? Do you think it may encourage more people out of their cars and onto small commuter-type mopeds and scooters thus easing overall congestion, or are you fearful that motorbikes may make bus lanes less of a safe haven for cyclists. Log in and have your say below.  

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