Imagine a world with no traffic congestion.

Now, I’m not saying it would for sure happen if a large number of us switched from commuting in cars to doing it on motorcycles.

But a 2011 Belgian transport study shows significant benefits to the focus area.

If similar studies were conducted in congested metropolitan areas throughout the world, just imagine the possibilities.

Infrastructure and policy issues would require attention, of course. To have that conversation, we clearly need more hard data.

Infographic: How More Motorcyclists Can Fix City Congestion

Infographic showing numbers from a 2011 Belgian transport study showing how a shift to motorcycles could dramatically impact traffic congestion figures

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It’s worth noting that this study was conducted 6 years ago. That’s before the stringent Euro4 emissions laws went into effect. Extrapolating that emissions gains would be greater in 2017 seems pretty logical.

…wait, does that mean motorcyclists can fix congestion AND save the planet?

It’s definitely within the realm of possibility. Know what else wasn’t a big thing in 2011? Electric bikes.

They’re getting better and more capable all the time. Range anxiety still exists, but it’s becoming less of a big deal as technology advances. New electric bikes still aren’t cheap, but consumer costs are coming down over time, as well.

Speaking as a solo commuter, anything that makes my life easier and makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the planet can’t be a bad thing.

If you currently commute in a car, would you consider switching to a motorcycle? Why or why not? Could you be convinced? Tell me how in the comments!

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