Bmw’s olympic fleet will use “Game Lanes” to get through London’s traffic

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 29, 2012

The traffic in London is expected to start getting heavy days before the Summer Olympics as countless visitors and athletes converge in the city. To remedy this situation, organizers have built specially marked "Games Lanes," which will be exclusively used for athletes and other Olympics VIPs to quickly get through the city.

BMW has offered 3,200 vehicles for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to carry athletes, officials, media members and others between venues and also carry out a wide range of other tasks. In addition, around 1,500 buses can be used to ferry Olympians. A BMW press release said that the 320d Efficient Dynamics sedan would be the most common vehicle with 1,550 in the BMW fleet.

These vehicles were used across the Olympic torch relay and it could also be used to go along with bicyclists in the road cycling races. The 320d vehicles will be used by Technical Delegates who guarantee that all competitions and facilities follow the international rules as they visit all the venues. The BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics will shuttle athletes and others from one event to another. The BMW fleet has 700 of these sedans.

Some of these vehicles will be used to directly assist in the competitions. BMW said that 17 X3 SUVs will tow boats during sailing and rowing competitions. For the equestrian events, ten X5 SUVs will be pulling the horse ambulances. After the closing ceremonies on August 12, these stadiums and venues will be repurposed or relocated. The Olympic Village, which would accommodate about 17,000 athletes for the games (spanning two weeks), will be transformed into residential housing in East London.

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