This is a low cost and effective idea suggested by a cyclist during a Facebook conversation. Let’s call it a BusBike Lane, or BB Lane.
Under current traffic regulation bicycle is allowed on Bus Lane all days. But this is not well known even for some cyclists. When drivers see cyclist riding on the Bus lanes, more often than not, they get upset and complaint that cyclist is violating the law. Such misunderstanding create emotional tension, and some of the drivers may turn aggressive.
Painting a bicycle sign in the Bus lane clarify the regulation. It gives confident for cyclist to use the bus lane. It also signals to the motorists that it is legitimate for the cyclists to use the Bus Lane and therefore there is no need to feel upset about it.
Bus companies provide training. All bus driver are trained to give ways and to drive carefully when there is cyclists around.
When riding on Bus Lane cyclist and bus driver should be considerate to each other. Bus driver may need to slow down if there is not enough room to over take a cyclist. At the same time, the cyclist should try to ride as close to the left as possible to make it easy for the bus to overtake.
At Bus stop, it is better for slow rider to stop and wait behind the bus. Some fast road ride may decided to overtake, but they need to be extra cautious and need to emerge from a good distance behind, as car from behind may not expect cyclist suddenly come out from the bus lane. This problem is not better or worst with the introduction of bicycle sign on bus lane.
Other vehicle allowed on the bus lane are emergency service and police vehicles (on urgent duty call make known by means of some distinctive siren)
Media update: The New Paper: 2012-08-28