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Australian-first motorcycle lane filtering trial begins

7 March 2013
Motorcyclists will be allowed to lane filter for two months as part of an Australian-first trial in Sydney.

The trial is taking place in the northern part of Sydney’s CBD until 30 April, and will measure potential safety benefits and reduced congestion.

“Lane filtering manoeuvres are against the law in NSW, however there will be an exemption for motorcyclists in the trial area for two months – allowing them to filter past stationary vehicles at intersections,” Centre for Road Safety General Manager Marg Prendergast said.

“The trial will include using video to monitor lane filtering behaviour at selected intersections with traffic lights in the trial area.”

Motorcycle lane filtering includes motorcycles moving between stationary vehicles at intersections and motorcycles travelling within the lane, on the lane line and/or into the adjacent lane when filtering.

The trial area is bordered by Circular Quay, George Street and Hickson Road in the north, Hickson Road and Sussex Street in the west, Market Street and St James’s Road in the south and Macquarie Street in the east.

“This trial will explore whether lane filtering improves traffic flow while not jeopardising road safety for all road users,” Ms Prendergast said.

“There will be no change for all other motorists. All road users will need to follow the usual traffic rules which includes being mindful of motorcycles on the road. This means checking twice for motorcyclists when pulling out or changing lanes.”

The NSW Police Force CBD Motorcycle Response Team will police the trial area to make sure that road rules are followed by all motorists.

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