London’s motorcyclists are now able to ride in the restricted lanes for an 18-month trial period.
Transport for London (TfL) said it hoped the measure would cut accidents and traffic in the capital. The change will only apply to TfL bus lanes.
Pedal cyclists, who already use the lanes, have been against the scheme claiming it would not improve safety or reduce congestion.
The scheme is one of London mayor Boris Johnson’s election pledges. He said: "I have long been staggered that while motorcyclists can use bus lanes in many other cities and some of our boroughs they were not allowed to use the TfL routes that criss-cross the capital.
"One of the ways we can ease congestion is by encouraging more people to get on their bike, whether pedal or powered, and I believe they should be able to share our bus lanes successfully and safely."
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