It’s Ride to Work Week!

This week (Monday 19th – Sunday 25th June) marks the annual Ride to Work Week organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association. The campaign aims to encourage more people to commute via motorcycle, promote road safety and much more. 

The big question the MCIA are asking this year is ‘what would happen to congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if just 10% of people switched to a motorcycle or scooter?’. Well, luckily for us they’ve provided us the answers too!

The benefits of just only 10% of car drivers converting to two wheels would be hugely beneficial for all, including 20% more parking spaces, a 40% reduction in congestion and less wear and tear on our roads!

40% reduction in congestion

A Belgian study 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%. The study was modelled on the traffic for one of Europe’s most congested roads, and if 25% drivers switched then congestion was eliminated altogether.

More parking spaces

An average sized parking space can fit up to three motorcycles or scooters, this means if 10% of drivers switched to two wheels then there would be 20% of motorists would be able to park.

A survey conducted by The National Travel Survey shows that 86% of car commuters drive to work along, so there is a huge capacity to increase the number of spaces available to people who swap to a motorcycle or scooter.

More motorcycles would reduce congestion for all

Less stress

As predicted, motorcyclists generally report higher levels of happiness in surveys about commuting. A one-off survey by the Office of National Statistics 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 contract to users of most other modes of privates and public transport.

Cost benefits 

The INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard recently calculated that congestion costs around £30 billion a year in the UK.  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.

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!”

A series of Ride to Work Week ‘city challenges’ in some of the UK’s most congested cities tested the ability of motorcycles to move through rush hour traffic more effectively.  These videos demonstrate what happened.

Try before you buy

Are you interesting in learning how to ride? Try a motorcycle or scooter for free with a qualified instruction at your nearest Get On event. Find out more now!


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