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Motorbikes 'popular way to commute'

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A new survey has found that people are increasingly relying on motorbikes for commuting, instead of cars and bicycles, helping ease congestion on roads.

The increasing popularity of motorbikes might help bring down the cost of motorbike insurance, which is usually more expensive than car insurance.

According to the National Travel Survey, an average motorcyclist uses bike for over a third of all their journeys, making seven trips a week - an 88-mile stint spanning three hours.

The survey also found that more than half of all bike journeys in 2009 involved travelling from one place to another, while only a third of all bicycle trips and a fifth of car tours were for commuting.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said: "The government's own survey has shown that powered two-wheelers have an important role to play in providing a cost-effective mode of transport that can reduce congestion and help get people to work more efficiently and on time.

"If employers helped with secure parking and locker facilities, this would go a long way to encouraging more people to use a bike or scooter for commuting and will help to ease congestion and ensure a less-stressed workforce."

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