July 14th 2005.
According to research, commuting journeys account for two-thirds of all motorcycle travel in the UK. With congestion increasing, two-wheel transport continues to become a more viable means of transport.

The research, carried out for National Motorcycle Week, reveals that both riders and non-riders cite the same top three benefits of travelling to work by motorcycle or scooter: Quicker journey times (72 per cent), cheaper than car/ public transport (64 per cent), avoid congestion (62 per cent).

Non-riders agreed with riders that these three factors make motorcycling to work a practical alternative transport choice.

Scooters are one of the most suitable forms of transport for use in urban areas, particularly where cars clog the roads from morning to night. Journey times in London, for example, can be reduced by between 40 and 60 per cent when travelling by motorcycle, moped or scooter.

Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs, said: "Sales of new scooters have risen 16 times, from 500 in 1993 to 8,000 in 2004 - a substantial increase over the last decade. The fact that people are choosing to buy and the numbers have been growing confirms that they have recognised the benefits of two-wheels as an alternative form of transport. Now, it is time for government, both centrally and locally, to ensure they act accordingly to include motorcycles and scooters in mainstream planning and create an environment that will enable those who choose to, to ride easily and safety."