Britain Considers Motorcycles on Bus Lanes

Here's an article published by Politics.co.uk, regarding the UK's consideration of letting motorcycles ride on bus lanes. http://ww...

Here's an article published by Politics.co.uk, regarding the UK's consideration of letting motorcycles ride on bus lanes.

http://www.politics.co.uk/....469573.htm

This isn't legislation they're pursuing, rather it's the mother country asking local governments to consider the idea.

Any additional lanes that motorcycles get to ride in sounds like a good idea to me, considering I ride motorcycles. But if you think about this, it starts to sound as if the government wants to discourage the creation of bus lanes.

The article also went on to say that the British government officially recognized motorcycles as offering unique advantages to commuters...
Providing independence and mobility
Widening employment opportunities, especially where public transport is limited
Providing a shorter journey time in congested traffic conditions
Reducing overall congestion and more efficiently using roads and parking spaces
Ah! It's that last statement, "Reducing overall congestion and more efficiently using roads and parking spaces". Isn't that why we have mass-transit in the first place? And yet, the British government now recognizes motorcycles as offering the same solution.

Could it really be that the government is asking its local towns and counties, "Hey, before you commit to building more bus lanes, think about encouraging people to ride motorcycles instead"?

Last January I posted an article about the idea of creating "motorcycle lanes" in the USA. It fielded only one commenter who basically laughed at the idea, saying it would never happen.

There are indeed some places in the world where motorcycles are given a special place on the streets. In Taiwan, at busy intersections, motorcycles enjoy a special "waiting zone" at the front of the intersection. Cars remain in the back. Since bikes accelerate faster, it allows the congestion to clear itself more quickly.

I guess all I'm saying is that governments ought to recognize the unique advantages that motorcycles offer, and design an infrastructure that capitalizes on it. Maybe Britain is getting to that point.

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