Today, Monday, June 21, 2021, marks National Ride to Work day. Ride to work day is an international campaign, which encourages the use of motorcycles and scooters for travel to work, by highlighting the benefits of riding.
We must recognise that motorcycles are part of the solution to current transport problems, rather than a part of the problem. Although it is important to use active forms of travel, such as walking and cycling where we can, these may not be a feasible mode of transport for some longer journeys.
Using powered two-wheelers for commuting and other longer journeys reduces the amount of congestion on our roads, pollution, Co2 emissions, and can also improve air quality in towns and cities. Riding can also act as a solution to parking problems, as parking is often charged at a premium. More than one motorcycle will fit in a standard parking space, and parking may be cheaper for motorcycles than for cars, and can even be free in some local car parks.
The benefits have been further realised during the COVID-19 pandemic, as motorbikes and scooters offer an intrinsically more COVID secure way of travelling in comparison to car sharing or public transport. During the last 15 months, many commuters have been displaced from public transport, among concerns about social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings. Motorcycles offer a COVID-safe way to fill the gap between active travel and reduced public transport without relying on the car.
Although lots of us may be working from home, we should be encouraging those around us to leave their car on the driveway and get their bike or scooter out. If you’re already riding to work, why not tell your friends and colleagues about the benefits of riding?
However, as with all forms of transport, riding does present some level of risk. Whether you’re considering learning to ride, or you already ride, safety is critically important, and ongoing development of awareness and riding skills must always be on every rider’s agenda. If you haven’t been out on your bike for a while, ease yourself back into riding gently and think about refresher training.
To find out more about riding safely, check out our RideSafe leaflet:
If you are interested in finding out more about advanced rider training click here
Road Safety Officer (England)
Posted: 6/21/2021 9:24:22 AM