Two wheels beats four

Re: Two wheels beats four

Postby martinjs » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:26 pm

This so called contest is dodgy as! Ok so we all know that in a big percentage of rush hour trips a bicycle is going to beat in most cases cars and public transport. The question I'd ask (putting aside for a moment the health benefits) is who would win if you included say a 400cc commuter motorcycle or large moped design. Good fuel economy, good travel times and if proper parking take up less space.

Having ridden both motorcycle and cycle in commuting in Melbourne I know the answer.

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Re: Two wheels beats four

Postby AndrewBurns » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:43 pm

martinjs wrote:This so called contest is dodgy as! Ok so we all know that in a big percentage of rush hour trips a bicycle is going to beat in most cases cars and public transport. The question I'd ask (putting aside for a moment the health benefits) is who would win if you included say a 400cc commuter motorcycle or large moped design. Good fuel economy, good travel times and if proper parking take up less space.

Having ridden both motorcycle and cycle in commuting in Melbourne I know the answer.

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Speed-wise the motorbike/scooter would probably win. One problem with everyone using scooters or motorbikes instead of cars is that they're actually worse pollution-wise. Yes motorbikes are more fuel efficient and produce less CO2 per km than cars by a long way, unfortunately motorbikes don't have all of the emissions control devices that cars have (for example catalytic converters) which means that per km motorbikes put out hugely more emissions of other greenhouse gasses and pollutants such as nitrous oxide and hydrocarbon emissions when compared to cars. The bicycle on the other hand does not and if it's also faster than driving in peak hour then why not...
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Re: Two wheels beats four

Postby martinjs » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:13 pm

AndrewBurns wrote:
martinjs wrote:This so called contest is dodgy as! Ok so we all know that in a big percentage of rush hour trips a bicycle is going to beat in most cases cars and public transport. The question I'd ask (putting aside for a moment the health benefits) is who would win if you included say a 400cc commuter motorcycle or large moped design. Good fuel economy, good travel times and if proper parking take up less space.

Having ridden both motorcycle and cycle in commuting in Melbourne I know the answer.

Martin


Speed-wise the motorbike/scooter would probably win. One problem with everyone using scooters or motorbikes instead of cars is that they're actually worse pollution-wise. Yes motorbikes are more fuel efficient and produce less CO2 per km than cars by a long way, unfortunately motorbikes don't have all of the emissions control devices that cars have (for example catalytic converters) which means that per km motorbikes put out hugely more emissions of other greenhouse gasses and pollutants such as nitrous oxide and hydrocarbon emissions when compared to cars. The bicycle on the other hand does not and if it's also faster than driving in peak hour then why not...


Not sure about that, but motorcycles and bicycles are better options than cars. As far as I'm aware motorcycles still need to meet certain emission and sound laws.

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Lets be fair here, are we for a better and less congested road system or are we wearing blinkers and only want to see cycling as an option?

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Re: Two wheels beats four

Postby JV911 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:39 am

AndrewBurns wrote:Speed-wise the motorbike/scooter would probably win


only if you're lane-splitting (isn't that illegal?) otherwise you just have to sit in traffic like everyone else
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Re: Two wheels beats four

Postby martinjs » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:16 pm

JV911 wrote:
AndrewBurns wrote:Speed-wise the motorbike/scooter would probably win


only if you're lane-splitting (isn't that illegal?) otherwise you just have to sit in traffic like everyone else


And of course cyclist never lane split! Not sure of the laws in NSW but when I did my refresher motorcycle course at HART in Melbourne they told us as long as you didn't ride on the white line it was ok. Usually you could go through a lot smaller gaps at legal road speeds as well, not to mention filtering at the lights which of course meant you could leave traffic for dead at take off and it was legal. :D

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Re: Two wheels beats four

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:27 pm

Pretty sure filtering a moto is fine but lane splitting is not.
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