roshea wrote:Sharing a lane with buses is not always ideal, but the alternative (riding in the "car" lanes and dealing with large, fast-moving vehicles on both sides!) is more tricky IMO.
I'd find it difficult to have it as a blanket rule. There's places where it works a treat (CBD for example) and places where it would be less appropriate. (Long uphill stretches on multi-lane arterials in the Eastern 'burbs, for example).
Got me thinking about exactly where these mysterious bus lanes are located, and exactly how "busy" these sections of road are in terms of bus traffic.
I am a pretty frequent user of PT buses, right across routes 216/219, 708, 822, 825, 828, 922 & even 785 lately to get me to Beluera Hospital in Mornington.
Probably the most frequent service on any of those routes, in the busiest times of any given day, is one bus every 20 minutes. It is often more like one bus every 30-35 minutes. Or even one bus per hour on route 785.
Then again you can't expect the government to increase the service frequency when the bloody things are never anywhere near half full.
Bikes don't slow buses down. But several hundred thousand single-occupant vehicles do.