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Campaign group keeps open mind about trials

The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) says it has been ‘misrepresented’ by a motorbiking website which claims it is urging cyclists to respond negatively to a survey on motorbikes in bus lanes.

The Motorcycle News website says the LCC has called for people to ‘register objections’ to an 18-month trial of motorbikes in bus lanes which started in January.

But the LCC says it is keeping an ‘unbiased view’ of the trial and has only asked people to make their views known either way.

An LCC spokesman said: “We were worried about the trial at first because it was just another thing for London cyclists to think about, but we’re definitely keeping an open mind about it now. We just want people to let Transport for London know what they think and it’s important that cyclists’ views are represented. We’ve definitely not asked people for ‘objections’.”

The bus trial was a manifesto pledge made good by London mayor Boris Johnson. Motorbikes, scooters, moped and tricycles can use the red route lanes along with buses and cyclists. It doesn’t include bus lanes on borough roads.

The TfL survey closes on January 5, 2010, after which date an evaluation will be made and presented to the mayor. He will then decide whether the move should become permanent.

To make your views known, visit the TfL website here.