Everyone benefits from motorcycle commuters
A STUDY into motorway traffic flow has found that commuters who travel by motorcycle during rush hour help to ease flow and congestion.
Conducted by Belgian transport specialists, TML, the study focussed on a 10-mile stretch of road starting from Leuven into the capital, Brussels. Using sophisticated sensors and a traffic modeling system, this allowed TML to predict the effect on traffic if one in ten commuters switched from a car to a motorcycle.
The research saw that the remaining 90 per cent of car drivers had their journey time decrease by up to eight minutes during the peak time of rush hour. The time wasted per vehicle occupant because of congestions or ‘lost vehicle hours’ was cut down to 706 hours from 1,925 hours in single morning in rush hour.
The understanding behind the findings illustrated that as the traffic came to a standstill bikes are able to filter through stationery vehicles and in effect take up no room on the road, easing traffic flow and reducing congestion.
A previous study found that drivers can waste up to 58 hours weeks of their lives in traffic. Read our top tips for gaining time by motorcycle commuting.
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 10:58
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 11:09
The two posters above clearly haven't enjoyed the pleasures of a university - maybe failed the entry exam? Who knows.
Lots of people say this or that is obvious - trouble is you need evidence to change policy etc. It's no good turning up at an enquiry and saying " My mate says red bikes are faster and safer- it's bleeding obvious". You'll be booted out the door. Rightly too.
Guys like the two posters above would damage biking if they were let loose. 8 out of 10 bikers who expressed a preference agree with me.
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 11:19
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:32
Well Mav, I am annoyed you think my name is a joke. That IS my name, and it's made me into a bareknuckle fighter as you can imagine. I had to be.
University certainly isn't everything - I didn't get a degree till my 30s , having been a steel fabricator before. Yes there are wallies in Unis, but everywhere else too.
If I had my time again, I'd still do Uni, but I wouldn't like the problems students face now with debt. In fact I couldn't have gone to uni.
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:37
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 12:49
Yes I'm old enough just to have got a grant - which I'd paid for with years of taxes. Otherwise no chance for a degree. My old job (oil construction) was drying up so I had to change.
To be honest, I missed the banter of the workshop and construction site. Which is why I have a sense of humour which some just don't get. It's industrial humour which can be quite strong in character. I've been at the receiving end of it too. Stops you taking yourself too seriously,when you get wound up - and then you realise!
Posted: 23/05/2012 at 14:21
Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:12
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