A poll by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has found that motorcycle use is on the rise, with more than 60% of riders saying that their overall bike usage has gone up in the past 12 months.
The poll found that 78% of the 5,717 respondents owned both a motorbike and a car. 88% use their bike for leisure at some point, with one third using the bike purely for recreational riding.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “Most of the increase appears to be in riding for pleasure, so is unlikely to be a short-term, recession-linked trend: only a tiny proportion of bikers are using their machine exclusively for business or commuting.”
The poll also found that more than 90% of respondents felt that motorcyclists should be allowed in bus lanes in towns and cities.
Neil Greig added: “Feelings are running high on access to bus lanes for bikers after a successful experiment in London recently, so it comes as no surprise that there has been such positive feedback from the riders.”
The current state of roads was also a key issue with respondents, with almost half believing that any available public money should be spent on better roads and infrastructure.
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