In a way it doesn’t matter. We collectively got Boris to adopt a pro-motorcycle policy before he was elected (I suspect he saw it as a vote winner TBH) and the previous Mayors suppression of the safety benefits was exposed for what it was…oh yeah and Tobi was proved wrong!
i come up from clapham to clerkenwell and it seems that pretty much every bus lane on my route is now opened up to bikes. not much traffic this week though, but i am sure once there is the lanes will trim 5 mins off my journey.
which means 5 more mins in bed.
bravo Sir Boris.
though he is still a bumbling idiot 95% of the time.
I’ve just got back from abroad so didn’t see the signs until I went for a blast yesterday… I was a bit sceptical, especially when I went past the lane camera! But then there was no flash and I was gigling with joy. When the bus lane is free it’s absolute joy! Feels a lot safer too basically having your own lane lol…
Using the bus lanes in Clapham/Tooting/Stockwell/ battersea - where there are loads, I have found almost no trouble getting back into trafic as necessary. Other vehicles (including most cyclists) have been very courtious. Just plan ahead, make sure you can be seen by the car you want to let you in, signal well in advance, and slowly move over into the gap. Every time I have done this the vehicle has kept the gap open for me.
I’ve noticed the same, Giuliano. People are generally really good about it, including cyclists. I do always give way to them, though, and make sure they get a wide berth.
One thing I have noticed is that some bus lanes have long ‘knuckles’ where the weight of the buses has deformed the road surface; it makes everything behave very strangely if you have to ride over them. Be careful…