Advice for riders using the bus lane

The IAM have released safety advice to motorcyclists and cyclists wishing to use bus lanes in London

Transport for London’s decision to two-wheeled road users to use bus lanes in London also brings with it some element of risk warns the IAM.

They have released some tips for riders when using bus lanes


Always assume that other road users may not have seen you

When travelling in a straight line position yourself where you easily seen – don’t sit out next to the traffic beside you, or hug the kerb. You get lost to sight

Be seen. Big blocks of bright colour are better than broken up or patterned clothing, which effectively camouflages you. And always make sure you have your headlight on

Give other lane users time to realise you are there. Give cyclists space and time to avoid startling them

Don’t use the extra space in the bus lane to unnecessarily increase your speed

Be careful of traffic crossing the bus lane at junctions – both from side roads, and out of the queue on your right. They aren’t looking for you – they’re looking for a big bus

Look well ahead to avoid needing to make sudden changes in direction for potholes etc – bus lanes tend to have uneven surfaces


Always assume that other road users may not have seen you

Claim the lane. Ride in the middle of the lane, moving to allow others past as needed, but never ‘hug’ the kerb

Make eye contact with drivers emerging from junctions, particularly if they are turning right

Be seen. Check your lights, and wear high visibility clothes. Put your front light on.

Be aware of the other people who can use the bus lane. Don’t let them force you into things that are unsafe – but do try to make their lives easy as well by letting them past where it’s sensible

Don’t position yourself on the left of lorries and buses at junctions or undertake them on the left. The bus or lorry driver can’t see you, and if they turn left will cut across your path. They also have a different turning circle to a car – you risk getting trapped between the vehicle and roadside barriers

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