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04-06-2010 Mayor must step back from expelling bikes from London Bus Lanes

The Motorcycle Action Group has called for sense to prevail amidst growing concern that a pre-emptive decision on the future of motorcycle access to bus-lanes has been, or is about to be, taken.

The Motorcycle Action Group has today contacted the Mayor's office to defend the right to use London bus lanes, on behalf of the estimated 150,000 Londoners who ride motorcycles or work in motorcycle-related businesses.

Broadcasts by BBC television yesterday revealed that London Mayor Boris Johnson may be about to end motorcycle access to bus lanes as a result of an ill-tempered encounter with riders protesting against bike-parking charges.

Speaking on behalf of the 50,000 strong Motorcycle Action Group, its General Secretary Nich Brown said; "bus-lane access cannot be allowed to be treated as a political football as it did under the previous Mayor.

Our expectation from meetings with TfL and the Mayor's staff has been that the outcome of the current experimental study should be discussed with the groups most affected before any decision was made.

With just one month remaining before the experimental scheme must be made permanent we have had neither sight of the data and findings nor any invitation to meet the Mayor to discuss the outcomes."

The Motorcycle Action Group has called for the Mayor to give an urgent assurance that no decision has been taken.

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