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Mayor: Bikers can use TfL bus lanes

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Bikers across the capital can continue to use Transport for London (TfL) bus lanes, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said.

"The chaos that was predicted by some doomsayers has clearly not materialised and, as I suspected would be the case, we have found substantial support for the measure," the Mayor said.

Around 51% of bikers have chosen to use bus lanes and 10% found their journey quicker than those who did not, statistics gathered over the last year-and-a-half showed.

Bikers who chose to use the TfL lanes also said their journeys were 36% faster than a car.

The study also found that the predicted rise in crashes between cyclists and bikers did not materialise.

The Mayor's decision has been welcomed by biking pressure groups Riders Are Voters (RAV) and the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG).

MAG's general secretary Nick Brown said: "The Mayor has done the right thing after taking this opportunity to look at the real causes of collisions. Once again it has been shown that allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes has created no greater risk for riders and other vulnerable road users."

Now RAV has called on the Department for Transport to support the extension of motorcycle access to bus lanes everywhere - not only those managed by TfL.

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