Motorbikes, mopeds and scooters are travelling
in the bus lane along one major route into Sheffield, as part
of a year-long trial aimed at reducing congestion and road accidents.
Since Monday 12 May, powered two-wheelers have been using the
A621 ‘Abbeydale Road Corridor’ following the results
of a survey by Sheffield City Council of around 450 riders. Most
motorcyclists responded by saying that allowing them to travel
in bus lanes would make the greatest difference to their journeys.
Sheffield City Council is among a number of
local authorities allowing motorcyclists to use bus lanes, a measure
which is consistently resulting in fewer accidents for riders.
Terry Fox, Cabinet Adviser for Transport, said:
“This scheme will benefit all road users by reducing congestion
and the number of road accidents.
“Given that motorcyclists make up less than one per cent
of road traffic but suffer 14 per cent of all deaths and serious
injuries as a result of road accidents, any measure that promotes
their safety should be given serious consideration.
“We will be monitoring the pilot scheme carefully with
a view to expanding it to other bus lanes across the city if successful.
We ask motorcyclists who take advantage of this scheme to ride
in a considerate and safe manner because ultimately, the expansion
of this scheme will depend on them.”
Motorcyclists should note that, under the pilot scheme, they
can only use the bus lanes on the A621 and riding in any other
Sheffield bus lane remains an offence.
This scheme is part of the ‘PLAN4 Transport in Sheffield’
strategy. For more information please visit http://www.citymatters.co.uk