How biking commuters could save SA R465bn a year

  • Happy bikers save three working days a year
  • Bike commuters are happier than box-pilots
  • Huge savings possible by two-wheel commuting
GET COMMUTERS ON TWO WHEELS: Statistics from the UK show that encouraging solo commuters to bike/scooter to work could save SA R465-billion a year. Image: Newspress
GET COMMUTERS ON TWO WHEELS: Statistics from the UK show that encouraging solo commuters to bike/scooter to work could save SA R465-billion a year. Image: Newspress

 

LONDON, England – What would happen to traffic congestion, parking problems and the stress levels of drivers if only 10% of commuters switched to a motorcycle or scooter?

The UK will try to get the message across with a ‘Ride to Work’ week from June 19-25 2017.

Mainly, there would be huge benefit for all road users – particularly car drivers: 20% more empty parking slots, a 40% overall reduction in city traffic congestion, and a reduction in the financial impact of congestion.

GET COMMUTERS ON TWO WHEELS: Statistics from the UK show that encouraging solo commuters to bike/scooter to work could save SA R465-billion a year. Image: Newspress
QUICKER, CHEAPER, FASTER: Statistics from the UK show more two-wheeled commuting could be a real national money-saver – but will anybody in government take notice? Image: Newspress

Wear-and-tear on roads would be reduced, riders safety would improve – and 10% fewer car drivers would be miserable!

CONGESTION CUT

A Belgian study which modelled traffic for one of Europe’s most congested roads found that if 10% of car commuters swopped their morning/afternoon wheels for a motorcycle, scooter or moped then congestion reduced by 40% for all road-users.

If 25% of drivers went two-wheeled congestion would be eliminated.

Three motorcycles/scooters can fit into a standard car-park slot so. if only 10% of car spaces were designated for riders and used property, then 20% more people would be able to park.

BIKERS ARE HAPPIER

The National Travel Survey shows that 87% of car commuters drive to work alone so there was huge capacity to increase the number of spaces available to people who swopped to a motorcycle or scooter.

Motorcyclists, generally, reported higher levels of happiness in commuter surveys; confirmed by a one-off survey by the UK’s Office for National Statistics.

There are many calculations estimating the cost to the UK economy of traffic congestion but the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard recently calculated £30-billion (R465-billion) a year.

This would, the survey showed, reduce if congestion was cut by 40%. Road maintenance costs would also fall because motorcycles and scooters have negligible effect on road surfaces.

WHY STARE AT SOMEBODY’S BUMPER?

According to the most recent INRIX Scorecard, UK car drivers spend an average of 32 hours a year in traffic jams.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, asserted: “Motorcycle and scooter riders don’t waste 32 hours a year watching the bumper of the car in front because they’re allowed to filter through traffic lanes.

“This means they tend to move through congested traffic at the same rate as free-flowing traffic.

“32 hours is equivalent to four working days. No wonder riders are the happiest commuters!”

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