So cycle collisions are down 11.9%. There's a factoid with no context and thus no meaning. Cycle collisons with what, of what type, or is that an overall figure? Is it attributed to the bus lane scheme or other measures? Collisions of whatever description might be down, but what about injuries? Deaths?
If the picture is almost 12% better for cyclists, why do they claim the trial was a failure? What figures are they quoting to back-up their claim? Without knowledge of their argument it is impossible to assess its validity and provide any kind of meanigful rebuttal.
Do I want motorcycles in bus lanes all ove the UK? Sure, would make my life a darned sight easier. Do I want this at the cost to the safety of others? No, I'm not a bleeding hypocrite or selfish bastard. We share the road with other users (wheeled, hoofed or footed) and any measures must add to the overall safety.
Not even a link to any offical report or raw data (since MCN do not see fit to prodice such data, here's a link to the findings). Bikers and cyclists are both vulnerable users and there should me more to unite us than divide us. Certainly when faced with unobservant cage-driving morons. And yes, there are "Lycra Louts" who think the sun shies out their arse, ignore red lights etc etc. But there are "Leather Louts" as well who treat the rules of the road with equal abandon.
Perhaps the LCC has some valid points (I'm not sure, I have not read their arguments in full yet). If so, these should be taken on-board by the more level-headed of the motorcycling community as it would also add to our safety. Hitting anyhting hurts!
Why MCN seems fit to fan the flames of division with incomplete reporting like this is quite beyond me.