Bus Lane Watch to monitor motorbike trial

The London Cycling Campaign is launching an awareness and monitoring campaign in response to an 18 month trial permitting motorbikes into many London bus lanes.  Cyclists and pedestrians are being advised to 'Be Aware, Take Extra Care' in bus lanes and given a chance to report any incidents involving motorbikes.

Bus Lane Watch cards are being distributed to cyclists from January 5th,  informing them of the experimental  trial of motorbikes in red route bus lanes and providing them with a web address where they can report experiences and incidents to the LCC.

During the trial which starts on Monday 5th of January 2009 motorbikes will be permitted to use most of the bus lanes on the Mayor’s red routes. Koy Thomson LCC’s chief executive said “Putting motorbikes in bus lanes, will not reduce motor traffic and will likely undermine the Mayor’s targets for growth in cycling.

The Mayor has set this up as a trial and it is vital that it is properly monitored and evaluated. We want to give cyclists and pedestrians an opportunity to report their experiences and to record incidents that take place in bus lanes.”

More than 3500 people signed a petition presented to the Mayor in the summer of 2008 asking him to reconsider his decision on the issue. Previous trials of motorbikes in bus lanes have not, according to Transport for London, provided clear evidence of benefits to motorcyclists and the potential for ‘disbenefits’ to cyclists and pedestrians.

Transport for London will be running a consultation on the trial for a period of 6 months ending in July.

Note to editors

  • Cards will be distributed to cyclists from the 5 January 2009, inviting them to visit www.lcc.org.uk/camapign.
  • The LCC website offers visitors the opportunity to report incidents and sign a petition asking the Mayor not to make the measure permanent.