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Motorcycles allowed in London Bus Lanes

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THIS just in from the London Evening Standard: Motorcyclists and cyclists
will be able to share London bus lanes under plans unveiled by Boris Johnson.

The Mayor has instructed Transport for London to develop plans to allow
motorcyclists on the lanes. Mr Johnson said a similar move proved successful in Bristol and wants it copied in the capital. But cyclists claimed that allowing faster motorcycles into bus lanes would
put them in danger.

Mr Johnson's decision follows a major three-year trial during which TfL allowed motorcyclists to use the bus lanes on Brixton Road and Finchley Road. TfL's study concluded that during the trial the bus lanes were safer for pedestrians, cyclists, car drivers and motorcyclists, with a 42 per cent fall in collisions.

Brian Coleman, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, said he was "delighted" Mr Johnson was proceeding with the plan. He said: "This highlights a key difference between Boris Johnson and the
previous Mayor. TfL's report on motorcycles in bus lanes had been due to be released last October.

"But Ken Livingstone decided he did not want motorcyclists to use bus lanes so even though this report showed this change would reduce accidents he buried it. Boris Johnson has read the evidence report and made a decision based on fact rather than irrational prejudice.

"Although there are requirements TfL must meet before the Mayor rubber stamps this change, it is good news for all road-users that the wheels are in motion."

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