It undeniably happens a lot; you're stuck in the car not moving, and a bike weaves its way around you. A trial kicking off in Sydney's CBD tomorrow will allow those on motorbikes to do so legally for three months.
The NRMA Motoring Blog reports on the initiative, which will allow "lane filtering" by motorbikes within the Sydney CBD; more specifically, an area confined to the areas bordered by Sussex and Market Streets, St James Road, Macquarie and Alfred Streets and Hickson Road.
The idea is to test whether it improves traffic flow by allowing bikes to operate legally this way for a three month trial period. The NRMA quotes NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay:
This trial is not about favouring one road user group over another, it is a system which could benefit all motorists in the CBD. It needs to be tested to ensure it improves traffic flow while not jeopardising road safety.
Motorbike riders are just like any other segment of the driving community; there are good examples of safe riding, and horror stories as well, but this is an interesting idea. Do you think it will make much difference to either the behaviour of motorbike riders, or the traffic flow around them?
Should motorbikes be allowed ride through stationary traffic? [NRMA Motoring Blog]