28 January 2015

People in Northamptonshire are being surveyed about the use of motorcycles to measure public attitudes towards this particular form of transport.

Anyone is welcome to take part in the Northamptonshire County Council survey, even if they have never ridden a motorcycle before.

Why is the survey being carried out?

With the number of single occupancy cars on the road, motorcycles are seen as a relatively more sustainable form of transport as on average they pollute six times less than cars.

Motorbikes, mopeds and scooters also cause less congestion than cars, improve journey times and reduce the need for parking space. However, at present motorcycles only account for about one per cent of total road traffic.

What will be done with the information?

Information from the survey will help to integrate motorcycling into the county council’s sustainable transport strategy, which also covers policies on walking and cycling routes as well as bus travel.

The survey will ask motorcycle users their views on the current highways network and ask non-motorcycle users what barriers there are preventing them from using this mode of transport, particularly for commuting.

Councillor Michael Clarke, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “Motorcycles tick a lot of boxes when it comes to sustainable forms of transport as they produce lower emissions than cars and don’t cause as much congestion.

“However, anecdotally, we’re aware that there may be reasons why people are reluctant to make journeys by motorcycle, so we’re collecting evidence to find out why.

“We can then use this data to inform our policies on sustainable transport. Having this evidence to hand would also help us with bids should any funding become available to help implement policies.”

The survey has been commissioned by the Northamptonshire Motorcycle Task Force, which is made up of Northamptonshire Highways, the Police and the Fire and Rescue service.

In Britain, despite motorcycle ownership declining, recently there are signs that the market is picking up. In European countries where there is a high level of motorcycle ownership collision rates are much lower than the UK.

Responses are entirely anonymous, though there is space to leave contact details if people wish to. The survey closes on Friday, March 6.