What would happen if 10 per cent of car drivers swapped to a motorcycle or scooter?
Congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers could all be improved if more switched to a motorcycle or scooter.
If just 10 per cent of car drivers swapped their car for a motorcycle or scooter, there could be huge benefits for all road users. These include 20 per cent more parking spaces, a 40 per cent reduction in congestion and a reduction in the financial impact of congestion.
Wear and tear on roads would be less, rider safety would improve and importantly – 10 per cent less car drivers would be miserable!
40 per cent reduction for all
A Belgian study, which modelled the traffic for one of Europe’s most congested roads, found that if 10 per cent of motorists swapped their car for a motorcycle, scooter or moped, then congestion was reduced for all road users by 40 per cent. When 25 per cent 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 per cent of car spaces were given over to riders, then 20 per cent more people would be able to park. The National Travel Survey shows that 87 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent. 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!”
Try for free
Try a motorcycle or 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 here.