Re: ctc and motorcycles
"wafflycat" <w*a*ff£y£cat*@£btco*nn£ect.com> wrote in message
> "CTC does not want bikes banned"
> "This week's Motor Cycle News has dreamt up an attention-grabbing headline
> which is in fact wholly untrue. It suggests that CTC wants motor cycles
> banned - this is not the case.
> We do not believe that motorcycles should be admitted into bus lanes, and
> therefore object to the Government's latest advice that this option should
> be for local authorities to decide (overturning previous advice against
> admitting motorcycles). But that is very different from suggesting that we
> want motorcycles banned, as MCN's headline and first paragraph states.
> This, we believe, is wholly misleading.
> Our webpage sets out the issues where we have common ground with
> motorcyclists - for instance we were with the motorcyclists' lobby in
> opposing the European Commission's recent proposals for Daytime Running
> Lights on all motor vehicles."
I speak as a CTC member cyclist who owns, and enjoys, a motorcycle and a car
also. I live in a borough (Colchester) where motorcycles are permitted to
use the bus lanes. Being able to use them _reduces_, IMHO, the risk to
pedestrians and cyclists.
Why do I believe this? The statistics used by the CTC not only relate to a
vanishingly small and unreliable sample size, but also relate to the risk
_as a whole_, including incidents occurring on all types of roads and in all
situations. So, for instance, the figure _might_ include an incident where
an out-of-control motorcycle has killed or injured a cyclist riding on the
pavement. Whilst this would be regrettable, it certainly would not be
grounds for banning m/c's from bus lanes!
In my experience the big area of conflict between m/c's and peds/cyclists
is when m/c's are filtering through slow and stationary traffic, and peds
cross between vehicles, and cyclists weave between them to make progress.
Obviously the onus is on the motorcyclist to keep out of trouble, but
filtering _is_ allowed, and can be risky.
A motorcycle in a bus lane, however, has far clearer lines of sight, as do
the pedestrians crossing it , and the cyclists using it, who by and large
don't weave when they're in it. So by removing slow moving cars from the
equation, and as long as the motorcycle is being ridden sensibly, cyclists,
pedestrians and motorcyclists are _safer_ when sharing the bus lane.
Unless, of course, the CTC or anyone else can come up with data to
demonstrate that motorbikes _in bus lanes_ are a danger to cyclists and
pedestrians _in bus lanes_. Until then it probably is reasonable to suspect
that they are anti-motorcycle per se.