Biker 'can still use bus lanes'

Biking groups have welcomed the London Mayor's decision to allow motorcycles to continue using bus lanes in the capital.

The initiative, which allows bikers access to all Transport for London (TfL) bus lanes, had caused some people to voice concerns over the safety of cyclists.

However, Boris Johnson said: "The chaos that was predicted by some doomsayers has clearly not materialised and, as I suspected would be the case, we have found substantial support for the measure."

Figures over the last 18 months show that 51% of bikers have decided to use bus lanes and the predicted rise in accidents between motorcycles and cyclists did not occur.

The study also found journeys made by bikers using bus lanes were 10% quicker than those who chose not to use them and 36% quicker than ones by car.

Motorcycle Action Group general secretary Nick Brown said: "The Mayor has done the right thing after taking this opportunity to look at the real causes of collisions. Once again it has been shown that allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes has created no greater risk for riders and other vulnerable road users."

Now campaign group Riders Are Voters has called on the Department for Transport to support the extension of motorcycle access to bus lanes everywhere - not only those managed by TfL.

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