Are buslanes actually traffic calming?
I don’t generally mind buslanes, when they serve a purpose; when they give public transport priority access to a town or city for the last mile or two, it’s annoying to be sat in a queue but generally understandable.
The lanes that really annoy me are the 300 yard ones: the ones that start, go for a bit, and then stop, for no real reason other than to move a bus a bit closer to town. They’re usually a mile or more from where you’re trying to get to, and largely empty because all the buses are stuck in the traffic that the buslane is causing.
It dawned on me today, however, that they actually serve a purpose - they calm the traffic a mile before it hits the city centre, meaning that the queues are well back (actually in the slums surrounding the city centre) rather than stacking up as you hit the lights and roadsystem of the city itself.