A proposal by the local Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) that would allow motorcycles to use two existing bus lanes is being taken forward by Brighton & Hove City Council.
The group met with councillor Ian Davey, chair of the transport committee, and council transport officers on Thursday, August 16, 2012 to share the findings of a recent study and discuss the way forward.
It is expected that the proposal will be taken to the November meeting of the council’s transport committee, with a recommendation to trial a scheme where motorcyclists could use bus lanes on the A23 and A259.
The trial would be on sections of these approaches to the city, but not within the busier, central area.
After researching similar schemes and the potential implications on road safety, air quality and congestion in Brighton & Hove, the council concluded that opening up bus lanes to motorcycles is a possibility.
Officers will now prepare a report based on the research that has been done for councillors to discuss and make a decision at the transport committee. That report and the further development of proposals will also give residents, other road users and neighbouring authorities the opportunity to express their views.
Councillor Ian Davey said:
“When the Motorcycle Action Group approached us last year we were pleased to take up their request and investigate whether it would work here.
“We had a very positive meeting with the MAG representatives and I would like to thank them for their patience and their contribution which has enabled us to reach this point. I look forward to continuing to work with them on developing the idea further.
“We welcome ideas to make travel easier for people but it’s important that we consider the needs of all road users when exploring them in more detail. This is an example of how we are willing to work with groups to achieve the right combination of safe and sustainable transport measures.”
If the committee report is agreed, the scheme could start by next summer. It will be monitored and the results brought back to the committee before any decision is made on whether to introduce measures on a permanent basis.
Improving conditions for motorcyclists would also complement ongoing work by the council to increase the number of motorcycle parking bays in controlled parking areas, provide secure locking points where bike theft has been a problem, and road safety awareness for motorcyclists.