The Motorcycle Industry is giving anyone over the age of 16 the chance to try motorcycling for free with a registered trainer – to help commuters switch to a more reliable and cost effective mode of transport.
The Get On
programme gives people the opportunity to experience motorcycling in a safe and structured environment with a local trainer, to see if they want to take it further. Whilst good public transport links are obviously desirable, many commuters need greater flexibility and reliability and a lightweight motorcycle or scooter can be a much cheaper alternative.
- Motorcycles, scooter and mopeds move easily through traffic.
- In London there is no congestion charge and motorcyclists can use certain bus lanes.
- The average rider saves around 300 hours a year from their commute.
- Parking is easier and often free, allowing people to get closer to their final destination.
- A new breed of small motorcycles, scooters and mopeds can do over 130mpg – some as much as 168mpg.
- Only 2.5% of people who have previously taken a Get On free ride said they did not enjoy their it. (From a sample of 4655).
In addition to the personal gains, powered two wheelers (PTWs) help congested traffic move more freely. A study
in Belgium showed that if just 10% of all traffic on the road were PTWs, then congestion would be cut by 40% for all
road users. When 25% of traffic is made up of PTWs, then congestion is eliminated altogether. In European countries where PTWs are more common, safety for riders improves too.* Example of cost savings (detailed cost break down can be provided on request) over 3 year period
Someone who currently drives to Sevenoaks station by car, travels to London Bridge by train, then ends their journey within zones 1-2 will pay over £18,000 to travel to work over three years, which does not include the cost of running a car. If the same person travelled by motorcycle they could expect to pay just over £12,000, which would also include the purchase price of a £5000 bike bought on finance, protective clothing, the cost of obtaining a licence and all running and servicing costs plus petrol. They will also own the bike at the end of three years, and still save on average around £1535 a year. Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association,
whose members fund the Get On programme – says: “You’ll know very quickly whether motorcycling is for you. It’s a bit like marmite. You’ll either love it or hate it and a Get On ride will give you the chance to see whether you want to take it on further.” To get started people are advised to:
- Book a free ride with get on via the website www.geton.co.uk
- Apply for a provisional licence, if you don’t have one already
- Arrange a CBT with your local MCITA trainer www.mcita.co.uk (cost can differ between trainers so always check before booking)
- Visit your local motorcycle dealer to see what they have that suits your budget
- Save time and money. Park more easily. Use the bus lanes where allowed. Enjoy your ride to work and filter through the traffic!
*Research concerning safety stats for PTW use in Europe was presented to a safety conference run by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Motorcycle Industry Association on November 11th
2013 in conjunction with the Department for Transport. Read report here
. Editors Notes
- The Motorcycle Industry Association has represented the industry for over 100 years
- It represents around 85% of the supply side of motorcycling in the UK.
- The Motorcycle Industry contributes £7.2 billion a year to the UK economy, employing 62,000 people in over 6000 business.