Cycling: Bus Lanes

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 8 March 2021.

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Photo of Lord Berkeley Lord Berkeley Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) powered, and (2) unpowered, ‘cargobikes’ using bus lanes; and whether they have issued guidance on the use of bus lanes by such vehicles.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Cargo bikes are considered a type of pedal cycle in law. Pedal cycles are allowed to use bus lanes by default, as indicated by the cycle symbol on bus lane signs. Electrically assisted cargo-bikes would be treated as pedal cycles provided they conform to the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles Regulations 1983 (as amended).

The Department is not aware of any particular concerns with the use of bus lanes by cargo bikes and has not issued any guidance to local authorities on this matter. The detailed design and provision of bus lanes are matters for individual local traffic authorities.

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