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post #1 of 4 Old Jan 19th, 2013, 7:34 pm Thread Starter
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Motorcycle commuting reduces traffic congestion and emissions

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post #2 of 4 Old Jan 19th, 2013, 8:58 pm
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Re: Motorcycle commuting reduces traffic congestion and emissions

Something to think about and definitely a conversation piece.
I'm not familiar with Belgium, Saigon/Vietnam or traffic in that part of the world but like the study suggests the test was preformed in a limited stretch of highway then taken to the lab and EXTRAPOLATED for their theory. Also a few criteria were imposed . . . . traffic regulations, patterns, and how the people were morphed into that choice of transportation.
I can't picture a similar study in say New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Atlanta having a similar outcome. Again I don't know the ratio of autos to motorcycles here but if we were to increase 2wheel ridership by the 10% and reduce the 4wheel animal by same amount I doubt we would see any time save commute.
Dare we extrapolate to 25% and the riding culture and the driving custom will be at war. OK that's my nickel worth.
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Re: Motorcycle commuting reduces traffic congestion and emissions

Not sure how much it could influence this study, but US vs EU emissions standards are not the same. I believe US is more stringent so we have ULEV cars and trucks compared to the greater popularity of diesel passenger cars in Europe.

Many motorcycles are not even as clean as ULEV rated cars and trucks even when comparing the total emissions output per mile, not just the ppm.
A quick bing search finds this article:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gree...emissions.html

But reducing congesting is definitely a no-brainer. Bikes take up less space and if allowed to filter or lane-split would keep more people moving.

some of the comments after the article are humorous.

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Re: Motorcycle commuting reduces traffic congestion and emissions

Wow, earth-shattering findings. Did they just crawl out of some cave and see light for the first time in 75 years?

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