Scooter riders are reducing congestion times and making the world a better place. Ok that last part may be a bit of an exaggeration but the first part is true.
This is according to studies undertaken by researchers investigating the impact motorcycles and scooters have on congestion. Research Company Transport and Mobility, Leuven, wanted to measure the traffic flow as well as air quality on a stretch of busy road predominantly used by commuters and see how two wheels as opposed to four benefitted commuters and the environment alike.
The team placed sensors along the route and measured traffic flow every 5 minutes, mapping a typical rush hour pattern along the way and using the information as the benchmark for the study. Coupling analysis software with data obtained from the Federal Planning Bureau the team were able to simulate traffic flows whilst checking their simulation results against actual figures.
By adjusting the percentages of different types of vehicles i.e. cars vs. scooters during rush hour, some very interesting results were found.
A 10% shift from car to motorcycle resulted in a serious reduction in traffic queues that would see driving conditions return to ‘normal’ – proving that scooter riders were saving everyone time. The results showed that if just 1 in 10 drivers changed to two wheels the reduction in travel time would reach as much as 63%.
Perhaps more interesting is when the researchers found that a switch of 25% from cars to scooters/motorbikes would annihilate congestion completely.
Scooter riders rejoice! You’re doing everyone a favour by reducing congestion and that’s a fact!!
With regards to emissions, scooter and motorbike riders were doing their part for the environment by choosing two wheels as emissions costs were 21% lower than that of a car. Researchers also found that when 10% of the traffic was made up of scooters and motorbikes, emissions were reduced by 6% which came down to smoother traffic flow and greater average speeds.
In conclusion, when as little as 1 in 10 commuters switch to scooters or motorbikes from a car, everyone saves at least 60% in travel time and plays their part in helping the environment by reducing emissions by 6%. Couple that with the huge savings on fuel, insurance, parking and running costs, and people are set to save thousands of pounds per year.
In the UK alone over 80% of commuter traffic is single occupancy, which means millions of people travel alone to work. Of course car-pooling helps reduce emissions and traffic congestion, but facts are facts – travelling by scooter or motorbike is a sure-fire way to get to work quicker and save everyone else time.
So next time you’re watching a scooter cruise past you in a traffic jam, applaud that person for helping you reduce your travel time. Or why not take the plunge and make the switch to a moped or scooter yourself?
With a variety of fantastic scooters and motorbikes available from Kymco, with a range of finance and insurance options, commuting to work has never been more cost effective, or fun! With many scooters averaging over 100 miles per gallon, £6 can get you to work and back for a whole week.
You only need a CBT and most drivers can ride a scooter on a regular drivers licence, so making the switch couldn’t be easier.
So visit www.kymco.co.uk and take a look at the great range of scooters & motorbikes available today.
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