Cycle campaigners challenge increased ‘motorbikes in bus lanes’ danger in High Court
photo Cyclists are bojecting to the increase in road danger caused by the motorbikes in bus lanes trial
LCC and CTC (the national cyclists' organisation), supported by the Cyclists' Defence Fund, have withdrawn from a legal challenge to Transport for London's latest trial allowing motorcycles in bus lanes.
Campaigners are concerned show the new 18-month trial unlawfully increases danger for road users and bypasses democratic controls designed to prevent unsafe legislation.
Roger Geffen, CTC policy director said, "By not making the trial permanent, TfL has avoided the statutory consultations necessary when implementing a new law, bypassing democratic accountability."
LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "TfL has ignored the fact that the previous trial adversely affected road safety for cyclists. TfL's promotion of reduced journey times for motorcyclists is not acceptable in the context of this increased road danger."
- The Current Experimental Traffic Order is a repeat of the Order made in 2008. this contrary to Section 9(3) of the Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (RTRA), which only allows an Experimental Traffic Order to last for 18 months.
- The RTRA does not allow Traffic Orders that are likely to increase the risk to road users.
- Allowing motorbikes in bus lanes is likely to damage the mayor's own targets for (i) increasing cycle use and (ii) reducing the number of collisions.
- It is feared the measure will be extended to borough roads in London, and to other cities in the UK, based on the erroneous assumption that the first trial was a success.
- The detailed trial data showed a tripling of cyclist crashes (from 7 to 21) indicating that the measure potentially increases the risk to cyclists. Accross London's road network cyclist casualty rates went down, but with a lower reduction on bus lane roads where motorcycles were allowed.