Fatality raises concerns over vulnerability of cyclists in motorcycle collisions

photo The public consultation on the bus lanes trial runs until 5 January 2010, so have your say

After the recent death of a cyclist in a collision with a motorbike, LCC is urging people to make their views known on the motorbikes in bus lanes trial before 5 January 2010.

A female cyclist died in hospital on 29 October 2009, nine days after the incident that took place while she was cycling eastbound along the Embankment.

LCC communications officer Mike Cavenett said, "Even though this fatality didn't take place in a bus lane, it shows how vulnerable cyclists can be.

"We're campaigning to reverse the mayor's trial, and give back bus lanes to cyclists as areas that provide them with greater safety."

Official response in the summer 2009
LCC responded to the official trial consultation in July 2009, making the case that allowing fast-moving motorbikes and scooters in bus lanes increases danger for cyclists.

In particular, it will discourage less-experienced cyclists from using these routes, which is likely to harm the mayor’s own targets for increasing cycling in the capital.

This is the last chance for the public to have their views heard. Please take a couple of minutes to fill in the online survey at http://tinyurl.com/tflconsultation.