Bus Lane Code of Conduct for Bikers

Specific politics aside for Boris Johnston, whatever his personal politics are, but he has held to a pledge to an extended trial of allowing motorcyclists into bus lanes.

Unfortunately this has not gone down too well with the Cycling Lobby so I really hope the bikers in London rise to the challenge of showing they can use the facility well. To this end the Motorcycle Industry Association has proposed a code of conduct to make this trial a success and something that will make other councils look up and pay attention.

Unfortunately Edinburgh City Council recently decided not to review their practice of excluding motorcycles from bus lanes, and I was quite disappointed at the manner of the local cycling group compared to the other representatives.

Personally I have taken the time through people I know to understand how horse riders get on on the road, and also road cyclists and a wee bit with HGV. We are all road users and have different perspectives, and a bit of understanding but also pride in our choice of transport to use it safely and use it well.

posted on Monday, January 5, 2009 11:17 PM Print
# re: Bus Lane Code of Conduct for Bikers
katy lonsdale
2/26/2009 10:45 AM
I think you've hit the nail on the head by saying we all have pride in our choice of transport and it does seem that cyclists are coming across as the most stubborn, which is understandable as they are the most vulnerable road user but then so are Motorcyclists when they filter through heavy traffic.

I am a Motorcyclist, cyclist, pedestrian and Horse rider and understand the concerns of all these road users. Maybe it's easy for me to support the decision of opening bus lanes to Motorcyclist because I know the majority are actually safer and more observant than car drivers. I hope if the trial down in London is successful that Edinburgh City Council reconsider their decision and consider a trial up here.
# re: Bus Lane Code of Conduct for Bikers
3/13/2009 12:15 PM
You make a good point - I hadn't thought in terms of vulnerability. That would explain the tone of some of the things I have read.

Thank you for taking the time to comment - it helps to understand the perspectives better, and even better if you have personal experience.

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