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KimLondon

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KimLondon says:

Commuting by motorcycle is good for EVERYONE!

Motorcycle riders don’t just save themselves time and money, they do the same for car drivers, and they also help to reduce the emissions of cars.

That’s the conclusion of a major new study by TML, a Belgian transport specialist. The research centred on a study of motorway traffic flow from Leuven, 10 miles to the west of Brussels, into the Belgian capital, focusing on traffic build-up during rush-hour periods.

(see the whole Telegraph article...)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/motorbikes/9272532/Why-commuting-by-motorcycle-is-good-for-everyone.html

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obewan

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obewan says:

Let me start

with an apology. I will be commuting to london on the bike on Friday. I apologise to the locals for my rubbish filtering, only don't get to practice much not much call for filtering in Herefordshire.

But will the UK governemtntake note, I doubt it. We will have the wrong type of motorcycles, or the wrong type of rush hour, or some such baloney

PS baloney a much underused word IMHO

 

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KWAKZ750S

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KWAKZ750S says:

At least

TfL have opened up the bus lanes, something we are trying to put pressure on Edinburgh Council to do likewise.

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KimLondon

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KimLondon says:

It's all good news...

Firstly - apology accepted on the filtering. Tips include: if you don't feel comfortable doing it then don't do it. Filtering is most effective when the traffic is stationary, and it's much safer too. If the traffic is going 40mph in a 50mph zone then don't risk it, it's not worth they payoff in time. Overtaking is a huge helper - get past stationary traffic, if it's safe, and get to the front. Watch out for cyclists, they/we (I'm on a bicycle when I'm not on the mo'bike) can wobble when we hit potholes. Stay way out when you overtake in London - people pull out or walk out of traffic, if you can get way out to the right it helps a lot, especially if someone is pulling out of a turning on the left through a gap in the traffic you can't see. Finally, enjoy it - going around the big smoke on two wheels is huge fun!

Oh, and regarding bus lanes - THEY ARE NOT ALL OKAY FOR BIKES TO USE! Check the signs to avoid a massive fine, but any bus lane with two lines of red is a London Clearway and managed by TfL so will allow motorbikes to use it, any with yellow lines can have local authority rules.

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drsqueelgood

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drsqueelgood says:

Kim

Good point about Bus lanes. I see so many bikers in London using the 'wrong' bus lanes these days.:wacko:

Although, why they don't just open up all of them to motorcyles, I don't know. it's be a lot safer for us.

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KimLondon

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KimLondon says:

Politics, old thing, politics...

Always ask who benefits and who loses out. The fact is that local authorities put their residents (the ones who vote for them) before anyone else. This why Chelsea & Westminster have brought in bike parking charges - none of us live in the borough so we don't vote there so we don't count. Neither do businesses, so they don't care about customers either.

With bus lanes the cycling lobby is really well organised and vocal, motorcyclists are not in the same way. You're more likely to pick up local votes on a "keep motorcyclists out of the bus lane" ticket.

It's also harder to get anything done at a local level - change is much harder then across the whole city. It's just politics at the end of the day, and ask yourself "when was the last time I contacted my MP?"

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drsqueelgood

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drsqueelgood says:

Yep, get your gist..

but with so much emphasis on motorcycle safety lately, where we are being told we are a minority group with a disproportional accident rate, this would go a long way to reducing that (in cities anyway). So politically, it's do we want potentially safer biking and a reduced cost to say the NHS and insurance liability or local goverment votes? But of course, local and central government aren't joined up so we'll keep going around in circles :ph43r:

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obewan

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obewan says:

Traffic was light this morning

Got a bit snarled up between the hoover building and the flyover but other than that all good. Southampton row down to Aldwych was clear (by london standards) as was the run along to Tower Bridge.

Amazing really that from where I join the M42 it's one straight road all the way to Euston Station.

 

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drsqueelgood

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drsqueelgood says:

Obe...

Nice one!!! I'm down on Milbank, near the Houses of Parliament - and do this run everyday. I noticed the traffic was a bit lighter today too.

Best time to ride into London is during the school holidays. It tends to be much easier then. Take it easy.:smiley:

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