TfL have announced plans to allow motorcycles into London’s bus lanes – but only the red route bus lanes, and only “for a trial period,” starting on 5 January 2009.
Red routes are just 5 per cent of London’s roads – but it’s a big step forward. Also, individual London boroughs remain free to choose to open all or none of their bus lanes to bikes.
The RAC Foundation has been a consistent supporter of the campaign to allow motorcycles into bus lanes. The “powered two wheeler” is an ideal means of transport for urban commutes too long to do comfortably by pedal cycle, but inexperienced riders can find filtering through busy streets rather daunting. Allowing the rider to share bus lanes will keep them safer – and it’s not just riders that benefit: the results of the previous TfL trials showed that pedestrians and pedal cyclists were also safer on trial routes.
This move by the Mayor of London will make it easier to commute on 2 wheels, which will help cut congestion and keep the city moving.