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Boris on bus lanes - BMF expects

In congratulating Boris Johnson on being elected London's Mayor, the British Motorcyclists Federation is now expecting him to deliver on his promise to allow motorcycles into London's bus lanes.

In February Mr Johnson said: "Allowing motorcycles into bus lanes would ease congestion and increase traffic speed. 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."

This followed a campaign by the BMF on bus lane access for motorcycles that Transport for London's own evidence had proved would have positive safety benefits, but despite this, such use had been a bone of contention with the previous Mayor since 2003 and the BMF now hope that bus lane access will soon be opened up to all powered two wheelers.

BMF Government Relations Executive Chris Hodder said: "The TfL report on the trial showed that motorcycle accidents were nearly halved during the three year trial period and despite scare stories to the contrary, it also proved safer for all users, pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers too. Mr Johnson agreed that this was the case and we welcomed his support, now we are expecting him to deliver."

The BMF now hopes to also develop a constructive dialogue with the Mayor's office and improve the number of motorcycle parking bays currently available.


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, Bi rmingham, Colchester, Derby, Bath, Hull, Swindon, Richmond on Thames, Newcastle on Tyne, Sunderland and the M4 bus lane. Still 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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