It wasn’t too difficult to make the choice between Ken and Boris in the last London Mayor elections. Ken had done much that got under the skin of the average Londoner, and it was time for a change. But, however affable Boris is, it always seemed likely he could easily cock everything up. But he seems to be doing a pretty good job.
Election promises soon become ‘Aims’ when politicians get elected, but Boris is doing better than that. He’s addressed the issue of extending the congestion charge zone, and he’s made progress on the bendy buses. But now comes some more sensible news for Londoners. Motorbikes are going to be allowed to use bus lanes.
It’s not earth shattering news, but anything that cause fewer prangs and makes life easier for London motorists has got to be applauded. Bus lanes stand empty for much of the time, and letting motorbikes use them instead of having them weave in and out of stationary traffic is a great move. Quicker journeys for bikers and fewer frayed car driver tempers will be the obvious benefit.
But there always has to be some organisation or other putting the mockers on any change, and this time it’s the cyclists. They claim bikers will be a danger in the bus lanes. Why? They already have cabs and buses there, so I can’t see the objection. Perhaps they are just miffed that bikers get there quicker.
Good move, Boris.