January 22, 2012 19:00 ET

Bikes and Bus Lanes-Advice for Using the Capital's Bus Lanes From Swinton Bikes

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2012) - Swinton bike insurance is welcoming the news that from Monday 23rd January motorcyclists will be permanently permitted to use bus lanes in central London.

The motorbike insurance retailer is reminding motorcyclists that they can now ride in the majority of the capitals red routes without being penalised.

The new regulation will see a reduction in CO2 emissions and traffic congestion, however, Swinton, who provide cheap bike insurance for their customers, is offering some useful tips for motorcyclists venturing into The Capital's bus lanes for the first time;

  • Make yourself as visible as possible with high-vis clothing
  • Do not use the extra space in a bus lane as an excuse to speed up
  • Other motorists are expecting to see a bus in the bus lanes so take extra care when approaching junctions
  • Keep your eyes on the road and make any necessary manoeuvres early on. Bus lanes tend to have a lot of pot holes so you don't want to have to swerve last minute
  • Be aware of cyclists and pedestrians; always perform a life saver when entering or leaving a bus lane

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes said, "While this is great news for motorcyclists they do need to take extra care when travelling in a bus lane. Although the TfL trials have shown that traffic congestion and CO2 emissions were reduced there was a slight increase in motorcycle collisions so it is vital that motorcyclists always have the correct motorbike insurance to cover them in case of an accident."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunicatins.co.uk

About Swinton

  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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