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Bikers in plea over bus lanes

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A major new online poll has shown overwhelming support for proposals to allow motorcycles and scooters to use bus lanes.

In the survey of 1,000 people, a staggering 95% said that the restricted bus lanes should be opened up to bikes across the country to help improve safety and cut the number of bike insurance claims.

Peugeot scooters launched the poll after London Mayor Boris Johnson decided to allow motorcyclists to share red route lanes with buses, cyclists and black taxis on an 18-month trial basis.

The French motor giant is now hoping to gain momentum for a nationwide adoption of his policy.

Bus lanes were first opened to bikers in Bristol in 1996 and since then 14 other towns and cities across the UK have followed suit.

Peugeot is hoping to convince Cambridge, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford of the benefits of promoting two-wheeled transport as a congestion solution.

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