Ditch the car for ‘Ride to Work’ week

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The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership will be supporting this month’s international ‘Ride to Work Week’ by touring the county on 50cc scooters.

Officers will be encouraging commuters to leave the car behind and give motorbikes and scooters a try, as well as giving out key road safety messages, in a bid to keep those who do take to two wheels, safer.

According to the Motor Cycle Industry Association the average four-wheeled commuter will spend nearly two and a half months - or 1,708 hours - at a standstill in traffic or delayed on public transport. They will also spend nearly £50,000 on the cost of travelling to work over the course of their lifetime.

Joanne Wehrle, Safer Roads education manager, said: ‘We are firmly behind the campaign to promote scooters and motorbikes as a viable mode of transport on today’s congested road network. The Safer Roads Partnership run a series of free or discounted training initiatives to improve a rider’s skills to cope with the hectic commute to and from work, college, University or training centre.

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