In September of 2014, MAG Ireland was joined by Bike Buyers Guide and Cycling Ireland as part of an EU wide mobility study focussed on urban commuting.
The study format calls for a typical morning commuter journey to be undertaken by a number of different modes – bicycle, motorcycle or scooter, car and public transport.
A suburban housing estate in Lexlip with good public transport links was chosen as the starting point, and Merrion Square, Dublin 2 as the city centre destination. The total distance for the commute was a little over nineteen kilometers.
As you might expect, the motorcycles completed the journey in the shortest time, taking about half an hour with the bicycle following closely behind at forty minutes.
An interesting aspect was that the bicycle had the edge on some inner city segments due to its ability to exploit even the narrowest of gaps in city traffic combined with dedicated cyclist infrastructure.
Public transport was next to arrive, taking just over an hour and finally the car which took an hour and a quarter on the day – longer than in any other EU city tested.
The results showed that while cycling is clearly a fantastic way to get about the city centre, the scooter or motorcycle is the ideal choice for commuting over longer distances which involve main roads or motorways. Motorcycling combines the distance abilities of the car with the bicycle’s ability to exploit narrow gaps in traffic and the door-to-door convenience that scheduled public transport simply cannot match.
So there you have it. Two wheels, powered or otherwise, are clearly the best way of navigating a city and if your commute involves riding into a city centre from a more distant location there really is only one answer – the motorcycle.