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Featured WA Perth bus lane sharing trial in 2015

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by gunissan, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/s...ne-opening-to-motorbikes-20141126-11uc80.html

    Safety fears prompt bus-lane opening to motorbikes
    November 26, 2014
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      Perth motorcyclists will have access to bus lanes in a new trial on some roads.

      Motorcycles and scooters will join cyclists in getting road access to bus lanes in Perth during a 12-month trial to address safety fears and congestion.

      WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said on Wednesday the trial would go ahead next year at the behest of the Motorcycle Riders Association.

      It will extend to bus lanes along Beaufort Street, in the inner-north, and South Street, in Perth's southern suburbs.

      "Motorcycles will be able to travel in the Beaufort Street bus lanes between Roe Street in Northbridge and Grand Promenade in Inglewood, as well as along South Street between Vahland Avenue and the Kwinana Freeway," Mr Nalder said.

      "We are running this trial in response to requests from the motorcycling community.

      "The purpose of this trial is to assess any safety implications and whether sharing the lanes has any impact on the on-time running of buses."

      Mr Nalder said motorcyclists would be restricted to the same signposted speed limits as buses.

      He said Transperth would monitor bus on-time running using GPS data and collate feedback from bus drivers to determine whether the trial would continue on a long-term basis.

      In a related development, all bus lanes in Perth would also permanently be opened to taxis.

      A review of bus lane signage ahead of the motorbike trial had revealed inconsistencies with taxi access to bus lanes.

      "Some lanes had been opened up to taxis but not others," Mr Nalder said.

      "So from early next year, all bus lanes, except those that terminate in dedicated bus facilities, will be open to properly licensed taxis."

      The changes will take place early next year.
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  2. Motorcycles and buses share peak hour bus lanes in Auckland, NZ.
  3. seems like such a waste of time and money, paying all the consultants and everyone else who milks the government in these kind of trials, the premier could just pick up the phone to NSW and say hey does it work over there... can you send me some of the data relating to busses and incidents... thanks mate hang up phone... change the regs or legislation and be done with it.
  4. Agree with iClintiClint. Also what a pain in the jacksy thinking all bus lanes are okay to ride in when it's just two. Points and TINs abound.
  5. Bus lanes in Canberra allow motorcycles and taxis, unless it says bus lane only. The pressure points in the bus lanes for lights at intersections are sensitive enough to work with just a bike rolling over them.