New London bus lane trial [2009/01]

Bus Lane Code of Conduct   

A major report commissioned by Transport for London (TFL) on the effects of allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes provided overwhelming evidence of safety benefits to cyclists and pedestrians, as well as motorcyclists.

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson has announced that motorcyclists will be allowed access to London’s bus lanes for a trail period of 18 months, as of 5th January 2009.

If this trial period achieves its objectives of cutting congestion and reducing casualties, it is likely this will become a permanent arrangement and open the door to motorcyclists to access to bus lanes in other parts of the country.

It is therefore imperative that motorcyclists use the bus lanes properly and responsibly. The MCI together with support from the Metropolitan Police and riders groups, have produced a Code of Conduct for motorcyclists using bus lanes. The Code covers the TfL rules associated with bus lane use and the etiquette that riders should observe in order to protect and respect cyclists and pedestrians.

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For the Full Code of Conduct for Motorcyclists in Bus Lanes click here


The Code of Conduct in brief:

1.    We share bus lanes with other vulnerable road users, take extra care around them.
2.    Be aware of pedestrians walking through traffic queues and at bus stops.
3.    Look out for pedal cycles and give them a wide berth, they may suddenly change direction or position.
4.    Pass cyclists on the offside only – never undertake.
5.    Always assume cyclists cannot hear or see you behind them.
6.    Do not use excessive speed when using bus lanes or overtaking cyclists.
7.    Do not overtake each other.
8.    Watch out for other vehicles at junctions and side roads.
9.    Take extra care when riding alongside congested pavement areas.
10.    We are ambassadors for motorcycling, riding in a bus lane is a privilege that needs to be respected.


This article was extracted from The Motorcycle Industry Association website.

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