Bike to work week begins on the week commencing the 18th June, a week geared towards showing people the advantage of a two wheeled commute. In this article we’re going to run through what would happen if only 10% of drivers switched to a motorcycle.
Congestion would be reduced by 40%
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 completely.
20% more people would be able to park
Three motorcycles or scooters can fit into the same space as one car. This means that 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.
Save 4 working days
UK drivers spend an average of 32 hours a year in traffic, riders don’t! 32 hours is the equivalent of 4 working days. That’s long enough for a mini holiday!
Save billions for the UK economy
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.
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 Nation 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 models of private and public transport.
If those five reasons aren’t good enough to get you on two wheels, what will be? To find out more about Ride to Work Week, visit http://www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk
See Commuting by Motorcycle, Impact analysis of an increased share of motorcycles in commuting traffic, Transport and Mobility Leuven, http://www.tmleuven.be/project/motorcyclesandcommuting/home.htm
From Government National Travel Survey data set. See: Car/van occupancy by trip purpose 2015. Table NTS0906 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/nts09-vehicle-mileage-and-occupancy
Commuting and Personal Wellbeing 2014, Office for National Statistics. See: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/
http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171766_351954.pdf See full release from INFRIX: Traffic congestion cost UK motorists more than f30 billion in 2016 http://inrix.com/press-releases/traffic-congestion-cost-uk-motorists-more-than-30-billion-in-2016/
32 hours is the average time spent in UK traffic according to the latest INRX Global Traffic Scorecard. Riders tend to move through rush hour traffic at the same rate as they would do in free flowing traffic. This was tested in a series of 'city challenges' in some of the UK's most congested cities. See www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk/city-challenges