Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Following the recent successful trials by TFL in allowing motorcyclists to use selected Bus Lanes in London resulting in a drop in accidents¹ and the fact that cyclists and motorcyclists have generally welcomed the relaxation, when will Oxfordshire update its restrictions to permit such usage? The city of Bristol was one of the latest to permit motorcycles access to bus lanes with others due to follow. Can you advise under freedom of information legislation whether;

(1) Oxfordshire County Council has investigated the matter in allowing motorcycles (whether petrol or electric powered) to make use of Bus Lanes within Oxfordshire?

(2) If no such investigation has yet taken place, when will this issue be addressed?

Yours faithfully,

Alexander Dutton

¹ The report from TFL is available at <http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mo...>, and states in its summary, "when the collision rates were analysed (i.e. taking into consideration the increase in
usage of P2Ws) there was a safety benefit to all VRUs with no localised increases in collisions."

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Many thanks to Peter Grant (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/user/peter..., whose request text for Scottish councils I cribbed (e.g. http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mo...

E&E - FOI, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference:  3501 FOI

 

Dear Mr Dutton

 

Thank you for your request of 14^th October 2011 in which you asked for
information about Motorcycles being allowed to use Bus Lanes.

 

Your request is being considered and Oxfordshire County Council will
respond within 20 working days in compliance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  This means that the council will send a response to
you by 11^th November 2011.

 

There may be a fee payable for this information.  You will be informed if
this is the case and you can decide if you wish to proceed with your
request.

 

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request.  We would be grateful if you could quote the reference number
given at the top of this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

E&E FOI Coordinators

 

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Dear Mr Dutton

Please find attached a response that provides the information you
requested. 

Yours sincerely

<<3501 motorcycles in bus lanes Nov 11.doc>>

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