Today is National Clean Air Day, and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) is calling for the Government to recognise the importance of motorbikes and scooters in reducing traffic pollution.
Tony Campbell, MCIA CEO, wants more done to get people onto two wheels.
“There is no doubt about it, new and innovative vehicles are going to offer the solution to current commuter woes and many of those will come from the motorcycle manufacturers.
“We need Government and local authorities to open up to the possibilities of what our transport mix could look like and make sure we incentivise people to opt for vehicles that use less road space and have a positive effect on pollution.”
Poor air quality is a serious matter, the World Health Organisation estimates that it costs the UK economy £54 billion and contributes to the premature deaths of 29,000 people each year.
There are currently 248 motorbikes and scooters that meet the strict Euro 4 emissions test, meaning they emit 75g/km CO2 or less. Swapping to one of these from a car would help to reduce pollution, and ease congestion on our roads.
Since Clean Air Day falls in the middle of Ride to Work Week, why not ditch the car and take the bike to work instead?
Taster motorbike sessions
If you're yet to get your motorbike licence, and are simply intrigued at the thought of getting on two wheels, you can try a free taster session with Get On. The session won't cost you a penny and you won't be obliged to sign-up to any official classes afterwards. Visit their website to be given a lesson on a scooter or motorcycle.
And if you're looking for a new-to-you, lower capacity motorbike to get you started we've got several affordable 125s on MCN Bikes For Sale.