The Age got it wrong. bicycles have been permitted in peak hour bus lanes for more than two years with no trial or study, apparently a stroke of the pen and a bureaucratic opinion is all you need to change regulations if you are a bicyclist.
BUS LANE TRIAL IN THE AGE
Bicycles are permited to use bus lanes. The above picture of the
sign is in a 70 kph zone. Few bicyclists, even with enhanced performance,
can do 70 kph in hilly suburbs like Doncaster. VicRoads changed the rules
without a trial or study. See the VicRoads letter below. It seems VicRoads
did not consult bus drivers, only bus company executives.
The motorcycle & scooter bus lane trial in Hoddle Street was supposed
to end in June 2012 but seems to be in limbo.
Apparently VicRoads did not consult all stakeholders on the Hoddle
Street trial. Mike McNess bus driver representative at the TWU did not
know of the trial. It seems VicRoads consulted bus company executives
Documents obtained by the Independent Riders' Group through the
freedom of information act indicate the trial permiting motorcycles &
scooters to use bus lanes had a positive outcome. Motorcycles &
scooters did not appear to slow buses as they can keep up with traffic
and riders are safer in bus lanes with professional drivers than in
peak hour traffic.
Please read The Age story on the bicycle report and vote and comment.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group