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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 18:02

Save a small fortune riding a motorcycle to work

If you ever wondered if there is truth behind the statement that riding to work is cheaper than driving read the statistics below. On average you will save slightly over £3,000/year by riding to work, and that is without taking into account toll charges, congestion zones or parking fees all of which make motorcycling significantly cheaper. There is also a considerable time saving as well which is harder to quantify but still undeniably true.

Commuter statistics

Sources

National Travel Survey (NTS) (2009)
Labour Force Survey (2009)
Data based on people over the age of 16
Data covers the whole of Great Britain unless otherwise stated

General commuting trends

Commuting accounts for 15% of all trips made.
The average number of trips per person per year is 147
Each year the average distance travelled is 1266 miles per person.
Commuting trips by car is 98 per person per year

Age and gender

Men make more commuting trips than women. Of those this is mostly made up of those aged 30 – 39 (290 trips per person per year in this bracket)
35% of all trips made by men aged between 21–39 are for commuting or business purposes.
Women aged between 40-49 make the most commuting trips averaging 227 trips per person per year, 25% of all trips made by women aged 50-59 are for commuting or business purposes.

Travel in relation to household income

There is a close correlation between the commuting distance travelled per person per year and levels of household income.
Individuals in the highest income bracket travel nearly 8 times further (2529 miles) per year than those in the lowest (approx. 325 miles)
The proportion of commuting by rail increases with income – 9% for those in the highest income quintile compared to 2% for those in the lowest.

Modes of transport – Date collected for one quarter of 2009

67% of all commuting trips are made by car, and 7% by motorcycle for the whole of England
70% of those asked said they usually travelled to work by car throughout the year.
In London 37% of people travel to work by car and 19% by motorcycle.
In the South East region 72% of workers commute by car, and 3% by motorcycle.

Area

Commuting by car (%)

Commuting by m/c (%)

Commuting by other means i.e public transport (%)

North East

80

10

10

North West

83

6

11

Yorkshire and the Humber

72

7

21

East Midlands

83

5

12

West Midlands

81

6

13

East of England

68

2

30

London

37

19

44

South East

72

3

25

South West

75

4

21

England

67

7

26

Wales

81

5

14

Scotland

67

13

20

Great Britain

68

7

25

Distance and time

The average length of a commuting trip is 8.6 miles.
People in the highest income quintile travel more than twice as far to work (11.7 miles) compared to those in the lowest (5.7 miles)
The average commute takes 28 minutes for the UK as a whole. In London that is increased to 41 minutes.

Car occupancy and mileage

The average occupancy rate for car trips while commuting is 1.2
There is only one person in the vehicle for 85% of all commuting trips by car.
In 2009 the NTS estimated that 30% of all household vehicle mileage was for commuting.
The most often used roads for commuting are local roads in a town or city (70%)
22% of commutes involve travelling on a motorway.

Commuter complaints

38% of commuters travelling by road experience difficulties with getting to work. The main one being traffic congestion/road works – this was mentioned by 35%
14% of commuters complained that public transport is too unreliable, 5% complained that public transport was ‘unpleasant’

Average cost of running a Vauxhall Astra 1.7 CDTI 5 door hatchback 2011

Model – Vauxhall Astra hatchback 1.7 CDTI 16v
MPG – 62
BHP – 108
Co2 – 119g/km
Insurance group – 13
Taxation class – C

Fuel – Based on annual average of 1266 miles per year, diesel current cost of £148.9 and petrol £141.9.
Insurance -Based on a 39 year old married person with two children, clean licence and 9 years NCB
Tyres – Based on 1266 miles per year at a cost of £153 per tyre for 4 car tyres and £153 for 2 motorcycle tyres.
Depreciation – Based on whatcar? and biketrader. Statistics for this model and year of car/motorcycle. Depreciation is an average over 4 years from new.

 

Fuel

Insurance

Tax

Servicing

Tyres

Depreciation

Total

Vauxhall Astra 1.7CDTI

£138.22

£301.63

£30

£149.80

£62.20

£3775

£4456.85

Average cost of running a Suzuki SV650S 2011

Model – Suzuki SV650
MPG – 40mpg
BHP – 69
Co2 – Not available
Insurance group – 9
Taxation class – TC17

 

Fuel

Insurance

Tax

Servicing

Tyres

Depreciation

Total

Suzuki SV650

£204.17

£82.11

£76

£125

 

£24.37

£916.33

£1427.98

 

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