Motorcyclists, Safety And Bus Lanes

If you travel via a vehicle with two wheels and an engine, and if you?ve had many close calls in colliding with cars and other vehicles, or if you have faced a previous accident with another driver who didn?t see you, then you may like to know that the recently approved proposal to allow motorcyclists access to bus lanes may act as a great advantage.

Injuries drop by six per cent
After this years figures on the fall in the number of injuries caused by motorcycle accidents were revealed, insurers have been advising cyclists to take safety precautions whilst others have been launching motorcycle safety campaigns to push figures further.

Figures from the Department for Transport revealed that the number of casualties had fallen by six per cent within the space of a year.

Yet according to Chairman of the Motorcycle Rider Training Association (MRTA), Kevin Bryan, the reason as to why there has become only a small decrease in motorcycle casualties could possibly be down to the growing number of cyclists on Britain?s roads as more motorists trade their cars for cycles due to the economic downturn.

He said: ?Any reduction in casualties is welcome particularly given the increasing popularity and usage of motorcycles and scooters. Although there was a very slight increase in total casualties, the continuing fall in the rate is a positive sign.?

Mr Livingstone believes the drop is down to additional investments into road safety.

He said: “London is well on track to meet the tough target I have set, for a 50 per cent reduction by 2010 in the number of deaths and serious injuries on the capital’s roads. Since 2000, increased investment in road safety from ?18m to ?42m this year has helped make our roads safer.?

Further falls in injuries expected
It is believed that such allowing motorcyclists? access to bus lanes will enable safety for both motorcyclists and other motorists on London?s roads, resulting in the number of road accidents in London to reduce.

Previously, a three-year trial enabling motorcyclists? access to the red route bus lanes found that the number of road accidents and injuries had fallen by 42 per cent.

Regardless of the decline in road accidents, the move was abandoned by the previous Lord Mayor, Ken Livingstone.

Yet Boris Johnson recently granted motorcyclists access to London?s red route bus lanes in October this year.

He said: ?I have long been staggered that while motorcyclists can use bus lanes in many other cities and some of our boroughs they were not allowed to use the Transport for London?s routes that crisscross the capital.

One of the ways we can ease congestion is by encouraging more people to get on their bike, whether pedal or powered, and I believe they should be able to share our bus lanes successfully and safely.?

Number of insurance claims to drop
Consequently, the move would benefit the motorcycle insurance sector as according to experts, the number of motorcycle insurance claims made by motorcyclists may also reduce.

However, scooters, motorcycles and moped riders may discover that the move is only an 18 month trial period which will begin on 5th January 2009.

Yet what riders may like to know is why is there a need to have another trial period when the previous trial period proved to be a success?