Friday, June 29, 2007

Motorcycles: The best traffic busters!

Riding this to work has to be better than taking the Mondeo, eh?

Anyone who commutes by car knows the sheer stress of spending hours stuck in traffic every day. Sitting in a car fretting and fuming, waiting for traffic jams to clear, has to be one of the worst things about living in big, congested cities. Now, a study done by the UK-based RAC Foundation tells us what we’ve known all along – scooters and motorcycles are the best solution for urban commuting.

More than a quarter of the UK’s working population spends two hours commuting every day. According to a report on Forbes, the same thing applies to more than 10 million people in the US, while another 3.3 million people spend three hours a day commuting to work and back. Surely, that’s a massive waste of time, energy and resources?

The RAC Foundation's analysis statistics shows that those who commute on two-wheelers spend less time traveling to and from work than those who travel by car or those who take the bus. So the solution, says the RAC report, is to actively encourage people to use two-wheelers for their daily commute. The challenge, it says, is ‘to ensure that motorcyclists are given the training and infrastructure to be able to travel safely and for other road users to be accommodating, and alert to their presence.’

So yes, do think about taking that bike to work. And please support the Ride to Work Day on the 18th of July!

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