The Government’s Advisory Group on Motorcycling concluded that motorcycles, “through lower energy requirements, use less fuel and emit far less CO2 than cars” (AGoM 2004). Motorcycles also have a lower fleet average CO2 than cars (100‐110g/km CO2 compared to approx. 145g/km for the car fleet) and use fewer raw materials and less energy for the construction of a given model (MCI 2012). Further, mopeds and motorcycles are responsible for only 0.5% of the UK’s domestic transport greenhouse gas emissions (OLEV, 2013). Encouraging more sustainable transport modes should be at the forefront of any Travel Plan. Fuel cell and electric motorcycles are becoming more widely available and are more affordable than zero emission cars. This is an area where increased popularity could yield emission benefits against all other modes, including public transport.
The majority of commuter vehicles used for journeys to and from work have only one occupant. Combined with their small “footprint”, this means that motorcycles: