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  • "if it is a success elsewhere particularly london, why are the Greens dragging their heels again, it has been over a year in deciding and another 7 months till it is operational. It is obvious that if motorcycles can use the bus lanes all over the city then that will reduce congestion because it will absolutely encourage more people out of their cars, especially commuters. the new lewes road bus lane must be included as this incorporates all the students and is going to be a nightmare for traffic and congestion/pollution
    . if the buses drive within the speed limit and within the law then there should be no danger as london realises unlike this backwater. on the continent people buzz around on scooters all the time and it encourages people that do not or cannot ride a bike to get out of the car. I would certainly use a motorbike but not until it is citywide. cars should also be allowed to use bus lanes off peak. what is dangerous is the amount of ridiculous road schemes and proliferation of new pedestrian crossings every 50 yards, and pedestrians being treated as dumb, taking away all their responsibility is sure to cause more casualties."
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Motorcyclists get bus lane go-ahead

Motorcyclists get bus lane go-ahead

Motorcyclists get bus lane go-ahead

First published in News

Motorcyclists are to be allowed to use bus lanes – but only on two-and-a-half-miles of roads.

Brighton and Hove City Council has been in discussions with lobbyists about introducing the scheme for more than a year.

Advocates claim the plan for motorised, two-wheeled vehicles will reduce congestion, improve road safety and cut down on air pollution.

Despite some raising concerns about potential casualties, the local authority is to introduce a 12-month trial scheme on parts of two of the city’s busiest roads.

These would be a one-mile stretch of the A23 from Carden Avenue to Preston Drove, Brighton, and a 1.5- mile section of the A259 coastal road from the city’s boundary in Saltdean to the O v i n g d e a n roundabout.

Ian Davey, the chairman of the council’s transport committee, said: “Our prime concern with any scheme is safety for all road users and we have taken into account what other groups have said.

“If we decide to go ahead with this, the scheme will be closely monitored and the results will come back to the committee before any decision is made to introduce measures on a permanent basis.”

The issue will be discussed at a committee meeting on November 27.

The trial scheme would begin next summer with a public awareness campaign to inform all road users.

Other areas which have already introduced it include London, Derby and Reading.

Conservative councillor Tony Janio said he was “delighted” at the news adding he believed it could bring “massive benefits” to all road users.

But he said he had written to the committee requesting the trial be extended to include the city centre where he believed it could make a much bigger impact.

But Coun Davey said: “Actions speak louder than words – and the Tories did not act on motorcycles while they were in power up until only 18 months ago.”

Labour councillor Alan Robins said: “We will want to satisfy ourselves that road safety considerations are paramount before giving the go-ahead.”

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