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Ride to Work week kicks off in June

Thousands of riders around the world predicated to travel by PTW throughout the week

THIS year, thousands of riders around the world are predicted to travel by PTW (powered two-wheeler) during Ride to Work week.

The official Ride to Work day will take place on 16 June 2014, kick-starting Ride to Work week which will last until 22 June 2014.

The motorcycle industry uses the campaign to promote the benefits of motorcycling to non-riders, government and local transport bodies – demonstrating that life would be better if more people rode motorcycles and scooters every day, saving time, money and reducing congestion.

A European study showed that if 10% of car drivers switched to a motorcycle or scooter then congestion would be reduced for ALL road users by 40%, and if the number who switched increased to 25% congestion would be eliminated altogether.

The Office for National Statistics released a report (12th February 2014) examining the impact of commuting patterns on people's levels of anxiety, happiness and satisfaction. Travelling to work on a motorcycle, scooter or moped is one of the least likely modes of transport to have a negative impact on your well-being; for journeys between 15 and 30 minutes, motorcyclists were happier than those travelling by bus, bicycle or car.

As part of Ride to Work Week, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) intends to carry out a 'City Challenge' in some of the most congested cities in the UK outside of London to show the time saved when travelled by PTW. The challenge will involve a car driver, motorcycle rider, and public transport user setting off from the same starting point and travelling to a designated workplace in the city centre. The results will be announced on Ride to Work Day.

The Top 10 most congested cities identified are:

1. Bristol

2. Brighton and Hove

3. Birmingham

4. Leeds Bradford

5. Manchester

6. Leicester

7. Edinburgh

8. Sheffield

9. Liverpool

10. Newcastle / Sunderland

Visit the Ride to Work Day website to find events happening in your area.

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