Survey finds motorcycles safest mode of transport during COVID-19

A survey of 300 people has revealed that motorcycles are the public's preferred choice of COVID-19 travel



A survey conducted by Shayla Jamal, a Ph.D. student in McMaster University in Canada, has found that motorcycles are deemed the safest mode of transport during COVID-19.

The results of the study go some way to explaining the global increase in motorcycle sales that manufacturers are reporting, while it also confirms the public’s distrust of public transport at this time.

The survey questioned 300 individuals and was questioning them to gauge how safe they thought motorcycles were when compared to other forms of urban transport.

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The survey found that 75 percent of those asked believed it was not possible to travel in a socially distanced and safe manner on public transport, while 80 percent believed that motorcycles were the only way to travel in a safe and socially distanced way!

The survey also found that 79 percent of those questioned believed that motorcycles are relatively safe and risk-free vehicles to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What makes the survey even more eye-opening is that it was conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a region of India that has seen a significant increase in the use of ride-sharing apps. With this increase there has also been an increase in road-traffic deaths, many of which are attributed to ride-sharing and unskilled riders providing the service.

For context, Dhaka is comparable to London in terms of population, although much smaller when it comes to the geographic area. It’s much less sprawling, and much more concentrated. In 2016, 33 motorcyclists were killed in London, with 53 being reported in 2017 in Dhaka.