Press Release: Try commuting by motorcycle


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). 
  Wider benefits   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:  
  1. Book a free ride with get on via the website
  2. Apply for a provisional licence, if you don’t have one already 
  3. Arrange a CBT with your local MCITA trainer (cost can differ between trainers so always check before booking)
  4. Visit your local motorcycle dealer to see what they have that suits your budget
  5. 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.