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16 February 2012

The NSW Motorcycle Alliance is pleased to finally see a peer-reviewed scientific study that confirms what riders have been claiming, and road authorities have been ignoring, for years.

More motorcycles results in lower congestion, quicker travel time and less pollution.

The detailed study by Belgian consultancy, Transport & Mobility Leuven has found that even the slightest shift in traffic composition from cars to motorcycles significantly reduces traffic congestion and emissions.

Thus the answer to the world’s urban traffic congestion may be as simple as creating intelligent policies that promote motorcycle commuting and riding, rather than treating motorcycling as some kind of social problem that needs to be solved by social engineering.

The study, which was presented at the Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles (ACEM) 2012 Conference in Brussels, found that if a mere 10 per cent of all cars on the roads were replaced by motorcycles total time losses for all vehicles decreased by massive 40 per cent and total emissions were reduced by six percent. A 25 per cent shift from cars to motorcycles was found to eliminate congestion entirely.
How and why the government advisors in the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) choose to ignore this research and focus on the “junk science” they use to justify their ridiculous motorcycle policies over peer-reviewed material like this is a question no-one seems to be able to answer.

Rob Colligan, manager of the NSW Motorcycle Alliance said today, “Every time I have raised this issue with the old RTA and the new RMS, it has been ignored or worse denied, with some incorrect data thrown about in an effort to hide the truth. The truth the RMS does not want people to see, is that motorcycles and scooters should be considered a large part of any plan to combat congestion, pollution and traffic concerns in Sydney. The Alliance would welcome and anticipates that the Minister will promptly direct the RMS to accept this peer-reviewed research and make positive moves on it now.”

For media comments please contact Rob Colligan:

Ph: 1300 WE RIDE (93 7433)


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