Northants council pushing motorbikes

Riders out on the road in Southend (header)
Northamptonshire County Council is promoting the use of motorbikes, mopeds and scooters for commuting.

The push comes as part of Ride To Work Week but the council is not just advocating two wheelers for one week of the year.

John Spencer, Team Leader of Road Safety and Travel Choices, Northamptonshire Highways said:

“Northamptonshire County Council intends to embrace motorcycles and scooters as a sustainable transport mode within the future countywide transport programme.

“Greater use of motorcycles can bring environmental, congestion and accessibility benefits, particularly on journeys made for commuting to places of employment or education.”

Motorcycle Northants launched

Northamptonshire County Council is the first local authority to encourage members of the public to get on two wheels for their daily commute.

It’s part of an overall effort to get more people using sustainable transport to get to and from work.

At the moment, just 0.4 per cent of all commuters in Northamptonshire get to work on motorbikes, scooters or mopeds.

But Northants County Council wants that number to jump to three per cent initially to reduce the number of commuter journeys made by one person in a car or van at the moment, which accounts for 43 per cent of all commutes.

Training providers and infrastructure

Northamptonshire County Council has kicked things off by creating a framework to ensure new and existing riders have access to high quality training providers in the area.

The next phase for the council will focus on improving motorcycle infrastructure across the county, as well as working with employers to provide changing facilities and parking spaces for riders.

Commuting on two wheels is better

One of the main selling points for commuting on two wheels is that riders arrive at work happier.

Filtering also reduces travel time for bikers while fuel economy figures are superior for motorbikes, scooters and mopeds.

Northants County Council and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) put together this video to show why they are getting behind motorbikes for the daily commute.

Next page: Ride to Work week kicks off on Monday