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Boris Johnson reaffirms pledge to open bus lanes to motorcycles

Published: 05 March 2008

Updated: 19 November 2014

London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has reaffirmed his pledge to open bus lanes to motorcycles with the publication of his transport manifesto. 
Boris Johnson’s manifesto states: ‘I believe we should embrace any measure that has the potential to relieve congestion, especially if new evidence shows it to be safe and effective.

'Therefore, I will allow motorcycles in bus lanes. I believe that motorcycles will help combat congestion, and we should encourage greater use of them.’

The manifesto also promises a ‘fair deal for motorcyclists’.

It states: ‘Increasing the use of motorcycles has been highlighted by the Government as part of their nationwide strategy to tackle congestion and emissions.

'The benefits of motorcycle travel over car travel include reduced congestion, easy parking, reduced emissions [and] shorter journey times.

‘Given these benefits we would like to encourage a modal shift from cars to motorcycles, and we see allowing motorcycles to access bus lanes as a first step to achieving this.’

Click here to see the manifesto here

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