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Cyclists’ protest at motorbikes in bus lanes’ plan

PUBLISHED: 22:21 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:45 05 October 2010

THE Mayor of London’s decision to let motorbikes in bus lanes has caused fury among cyclists over lack of public consultation.’ Members of the London Cycling Campaign are calling on cyclists and pedestrians to write to City Hall to ask Boris Johnson why he is not carrying out a full consultation or proper study on the impact of motorbikes in bus lanes on all road users

CYCLE campaigners are furious at the Mayor of London’s decision to let motorbikes in bus lanes.

Members of the London Cycling Campaign are calling on cyclists and pedestrians to write to City Hall to ask Boris Johnson why he is not carrying out a full consultation or a proper study on the impact of motorbikes in bus lanes on all road users.

The lobby group’s chief executive, Koy Thomson, said: “This decision is against the advice of London transport officials and without the input of cycling and pedestrian groups.

“There’s been no attempt to assess the impact of this measure for all street users.”

Transport for London—headed by the mayor himself—said in report there was no evidence of significant safety benefits for motorcyclists, but “potential disbenefits’ for both cyclists and pedestrians.”

Some motoring groups are also concerned at motorbikes suddenly overtaking on the inside—especially when drivers are turning left.

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