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Motorcycle using dedicated bus lane trial

26 Feb 2015 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Motorcycle using dedicated bus lane trial

As you have no doubt heard we recently had the announcement from our Minister for Transport Hon. Dean Nalder that we have finally got the start date for the 12 month trial of motorcycles to share dedicated bus lanes on Beaufort Street between Roe Street in Northbridge in Inglewood and on South Street between Vahland Avenue and the Freeway commencing from March 2nd 2015. The trial will last 12 months and will be monitored and evaluated against a range of safety and bus on-time-running criteria.

It is intended that the trial will allow the Government to make an informed decision about the longer term access to bus lanes by motorcyclists.

This has been almost 3 years to get to this point since our initial meeting with Troy Buswell. We have been asked to be part of the communication plan leading up to the launch and this notice is to advising all motorcycle and scooter riders that our behavior will be monitored by the police, Main Roads Dept. and Dept. of Transport. It is also important to be aware that cars will be turning left from these lanes and we need to be aware that some of them are a bit stupid. We will also be letting car drivers know that they will now need to look in the bus lane for much small vehicles. As for stopped buses I am sure we can pass a 2.4 meter bus in a 3.6 meter lane without too much bother or change into the next lane to pass. So if the trial is a success we will be pushing for all bus lanes to be made available to us but we don’t want to lose this opportunity because of bad behavior by a few riders.

 

Ride Safe

Dave Wright

President

Motorcycle Riders Association of W.A. Inc.

25th February 2015

 

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