RIDE TO WORK WEEK – 15th to 21st JUNE 2015
June 15 2015.


Save time and money on your travel to work – that’s the message Britain’s motorcyclists and scooter riders will be sharing during Ride to Work Week.


Now in its 24th year, International Ride to Work Day kick-starts Ride to Work Week. It’s the time when motorcycle and scooter riders across the nation take to the roads to celebrate their chosen mode of travel. It’s also the time when riders are encouraged to promote the benefits of commuting by motorbike to non-riders and to show other commuters what they’re missing.

Time saved is the big factor mentioned by all riders, who value the ability to filter through static traffic queues, which means they can gauge their travel time more accurately and arrive at work on time.

The number of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds has nearly doubled over the past twenty years, according to the government licensing statistics.

This trend seems set to continue and recent indicators include:
 
• A 10 per cent rise in new registrations for 2014 and a further 10 per cent rise for the early months of 2015.

• An 11.4 per cent rise in the sale of new 125cc motorcycles in the first quarter of 2015. This is the most popular starter bike for new riders and commuters, with many models doing over 100 miles to the gallon.

• A 10 per cent rise in attendance at Motorcycle Live, the industry’s flagship show, held in November at the NEC.

• A 75 per cent increase in the number of Wheels to Work schemes across the UK. These schemes loan small motorcycles or scooters and help thousands of people find and keep work in areas which are poorly served by public transport.

Motorcycle Industry Association CEO Steve Kenward says there’s never been a better time to get on two wheels; “With congestion getting worse each year, the only way to accurately predict your journey time is to travel by motorcycle or scooter. The rise in new sales of 125cc bikes shows more and more people are rejecting the misery of sitting in traffic and riding to work instead.

"There is also evidence to suggest all road users would benefit if more commuters switched from cars to motorcycles or scooters. An EU study, which modelled the traffic for a particularly congested part of Belgium, showed congestion was reduced by 40 per cent for all road users when just 10 per cent of car drivers switched to a powered two wheeler.”

To see more about the campaign go to www.ridetoworkweek.co.uk  
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