When it comes to proving that motorcycles are fantastic, there’s no better proof than cold, hard facts. The truth is that, according to a series of studies, roads are safer when there are more motorcycles.
According to a European study, there’s a correlation between the greater presence of motorcycles and lower rates of serious accidents on the roads. When 10% or more of the vehicles on the road were powered two-wheelers, like motorcycles and mopeds, there was a reduction in rider fatalities.
One of the biggest bugbears of a rider is having to deal with irresponsible drivers so it’s clear that, with less of them on the road, fewer accidents occur. Japan has more motorcycles on the road compared to Europe and enjoys a much lower rate of fatal accidents involving riders.
But it’s not just accidents more motorcyclists on the road could reduce. A Belgian study found that when more motorcycles take to the road, congestion is reduced leading to better commute times and lower harmful emissions. The study said that, if 25% of drivers switched to motorcycles, congesting could be eliminated completely.
So when your friends start to consider whether to swap from four wheels to two, just tell them they’ll be doing their part to make the roads safer if they did.