Ride to Work Week Starts today fancy the ride? | NEWS
It’s perfect weather for the annual Ride to Work Week, which starts today. I’m sure the ride into work is much more appealing than being cooped up in your car, or suffering on a crowded sweaty train?
Stevie Muir, our contact at the Motorcycle Industry Association who are behind the Ride to Work Week concept, provides us with some insight and statistics on why it’s a great idea to do a two wheeled commute. Let’s face it, I think the majority of us would prefer to press the electric start button on our scooter (or kick it up), rather than the illuminated one to open the train door.
Enjoy your two wheeled commute! Lee
What would happen to congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if just 10% of people switched to a scooter?
If just 10% of motorists swapped their car for a scooter, there could be huge benefits for all road users. These include 20% more parking spaces, a 40% reduction in congestion for all road users and a reduction in the financial impact of congestion.
Wear and tear on roads would be less, rider safety would improve and more importantly – 10% less car drivers would be miserable!
40% reduction for all
A Belgian study, which modelled the traffic for one of Europe’s most congested roads, found that if 10% of motorists swapped their car for a motorcycle, scooter or moped, then congestion was reduced for all road users by 40%. When 25% of drivers swapped, congestion was eliminated altogether.
More people could park
Three motorcycles or scooters can fit into the same space one car takes. This means if just 10% of car spaces were given over to riders, then 20% more people would be able to park. The National Travel Survey shows that 87% of car commuters drive to work alone, so there is huge capacity to increase the number of spaces available to people who swap to a motorcycle or scooter.
10% less stressed commuters
Motorcyclists generally report higher levels of happiness in surveys about commuting and this was confirmed in a one-off survey by the Office for National Statistics. It found that riding a motorcycle, moped or scooter had no negative impact on journeys of up to half an hour and after that it was negligible. This was in contrast to users of most other modes of private and public transport.
Knock on cost benefits
There are many calculations estimating the cost of congestion to the UK economy. The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard recently calculated this to be around £30 billion a year. This would naturally reduce if congestion was cut by 40%. Road maintenance would reduce too, as motorcycles and scooters are lighter than cars and vans, so impact less on road surfaces.
Gain four days holiday a year
According to the most recent INRIX Scorecard, UK drivers spend an average of 32 hours a year in traffic jams.
Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, which organises Ride to Work Week, says a driver could gain the equivalent of an extra four days holiday a year, if they switched to a motorcycle or scooter:
“Motorcyclists and scooter riders don’t waste 32 hours a year watching the bumper of the car in front, as they can filter. This means they tend to move through congested traffic at the same rate you would expect to move through free-flowing traffic.
“32 hours is the equivalent of four working days, which equates to an extra four days holiday each year. No wonder riders are the happiest commuters!”
Not riding currently? Try for free
Try a scooter for free with a qualified instructor at a Get On event. They are held throughout the year across the UK. Find out if there is one near you: http://www.geton.co.uk/try-a-motorcycle-for-free-2/.
It may seem unlikely, but if the current glorious weather continues and you get hot on your scooter heading home, pull up outside an ice cream parlour and buy one (mine’s a Magnum!) It’s easier if your not in the car and you’ll enjoy it even more knowing your doing your bit to ease congestion, the state of the roads and parking. Safe in the knowledge that you’re also doing something you love.
What’s not to like?
Words: Stevie Muir / Lee