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Letting electric cars use bus lanes dangerous to cyclists says CTC

Letting electric cars use bus lanes dangerous to cyclists says CTC

National cycling charity responds to government drive to increase uptake of cleaner vehicles National cycling charity CTC says letting electric cars use bus lanes will increase the likelihood of serious road traffic incidents involving cyclists.

As we reported yesterday, drivers of the vehicles are to be permitted to use bus lanes in Derby and Milton Keynes, two of the cities that are benefiting a share of £40 million in funding aimed at encouraging motorists to switch to less polluting vehicles.

> Cyclists to share bus lanes with electric cars in Milton Keynes and Derby

While rules vary between different locations, typically cyclists and taxis are permitted to use bus lanes during their hours of operation while other vehicles including private cars are not.

Sam Jones, campaigns co-ordinator at CTC, told road.cc: “For new and existing cyclists, being able to use bus lanes has a lot to offer. There’s less traffic to negotiate and it also feels safer than riding outside the lane, between buses and general traffic.

“Opening bus lanes up to other traffic clearly undermines these benefits and is not good news. Add into the mixture largely silent cars and the chances of serious incidents look set to increase.”He added […]

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