The other thread goring round about sharing bicycle lanes reminded me of a gripe I’ve got. The new bus lane on South Street in Melville (or whatever suburb it is) in Perth. For those not in Perth, this bus lane is only a bus lane during peak times, ie morning and night for a couple of hours each. There are some signs off the side of the road that give this information. Other than the signs, there is text on the road saying BUS LANE every now and then. The bus lane, is the left of 3 lanes in each direction. My gripe is that I feel this confuses people unnecessarily. I’m all for bus lanes as I think public transport should be encouraged and giving busses a quicker route through traffic is a good idea. But why not just make it a bus lane 24hrs a day? Then it could be coloured with that red bitumen they use on other bus lanes. Then everyone would know it’s a bus lane and there wouldn’t be any problem. This was brought to my attention yesterday afternoon when I was travelling along South Street. There were MANY cars cruising along happily in the Bus lane. They either had no idea it was a bus lane or simply didn’t care. Then up ahead a cop was booking people driving in the bus lane. The funny thing was that he was stopping people in the Bus lane, and therefore blocking the lane and forcing busses to merge into the other lanes. It seems another case of illogical laws being introduced and then fining people who genuinely weren’t aware of it. When they could so easily make it an obvious proper bus lane and then there would be no grey area.