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BMF: bullish Boris backs BMF on bus lanes

London Mayoral conservative candidate, Boris Johnson MP, is backing the use of London's bus lanes by motorcyclists, a campaign that the BMF has been running in London since 2003.

In announcing his scheme to allow motorcyclists to use bus lanes in London if he becomes Mayor, Boris said:

"Allowing motorcycles into bus lanes would ease congestion and increase traffic speed. TfL blatantly suppressed evidence that shows it is safer for motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. Indeed, some of the experiments showed that collisions were reduced by nearly a half. I want to encourage people to get out of their cars and use other forms of transport but we must make it easier for them to do so. I want to get London moving and this is one of a raft of initiatives that I will take."

At today's announcement, attended by BMF Chairman Anna Zee and BMF Government Relations Executive Chris Hodder, Anna Zee said: &l dquo;We welcome the first of the mayoral candidates to see sense and allow motorcycles to use bus lanes. The TfL report that Boris refers to shows that motorcycle accidents were nearly halved during a three year trail period and despite scare stories to the contrary, it proved safer for all users, pedestrians, cyclists, and car drivers too."

The BMF now hope that this will also increase pressure on Mayor Ken Livingstone to publish the much delayed TfL report, leaked copies of which prove beyond doubt the benefits of bus lane use by motorcyclists.

The full text of Boris Johnson's announcement can be found at:

http://www.backboris.com/assets/releases/pdf/26_02_08_motorcycles.pdf

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Note 1: In March 2007 the Government issued a new Traffic Advisory Leaflet (TAL02/07) to Local Authorities that specifically encouraged a more objective assessment to be made of bus lane use by motorcycles.

Note 2: Existing Bus lane access sites: Bristol has operated a permanent bus lane access since 1996 and Reading since 1999. Other sites are in: Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Colchester, Derby, Bath, Hull, Swindon, Richmond on Thames, Newcastle on Tyne, Sunderland and the M4 bus lane. Being trialled in London are the Finchley Road (A41) at St John's Wood to Hampstead, the A23 to the South and A13 to the East.

Issued by Jeff Stone: t: 0121 709 1040 m: 07802 763094 e: jeff.stone@bmf.co.uk
Details on this and other BMF activities can also be found on our web site: http://www.bmf.co.uk

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