If you need a motorised vehicle but don’t want to be responsible for the carbon emissions of a car and don’t regularly carry passengers, a small motorcycle could be a great way to get from A to B more efficiently. Here are a few of the environmental benefits of riding a motorcycle or scooter.
Running a small motorcycle or scooter
A small motorcycle or scooter requires less fuel than a car, making it cheaper to run. This makes a big difference to both your fuel budget and your overall carbon emissions. Owning a smaller mode of transport such as a scooter can also be more practical, requiring less space for storage, costing less to tax and insure.
A small motorcycle or scooter is much more practical for city driving, allowing you to overtake long queues of traffic, reducing the waste of fuel from stop-start driving. And in congested city centres, finding somewhere to park is much easier. Just think- if more people travelled by motorcycle or scooter, we’d be able to prevent far more green areas from being turned into car parks!
In addition to cheaper running costs and lower carbon emissions, scooters and small motorcycles require less energy to produce, and can be more efficiently shipped from manufacturers to retailers.
The average car will consist of metals, plastics, glass, leather and paint, as well as battery acid, coolants and lubricants which are all environmentally harmful. While a motorcycle or scooter may consist of many or all of these materials, it does so in much lower quantities, making it less harmful to produce and subsequently, dispose of.
When a small motorcycle or scooter comes to the end of its working life, there is far less material needing to be dealt with in comparison to the average car. While both cars and motorcycles are becoming easier to recycle, the components of a motorcycle or scooter require far less energy to transport and ultimately recycle once no longer needed in their current state. While a car can potentially last longer than a motorcycle or scooter, with proper care and the willingness to repair rather than throw away and buy anew, two-wheeled transport can still prove to be much less hassle and much more environmentally friendly when disposed of.
What to look for
When buying a small motorcycle or scooter, remember to check its fuel efficiency, engine size and age. Larger motorcycles can deliver enough emissions to rival a small car, so have less environmental benefits than smaller motorcycles or scooters. The age of a small motorcycle or scooter is also relevant- older models of scooters are notorious for their dirty tailpipe emissions, while newer ones have a little more technology which is used to keep these emissions lower and less unpleasant for other road users.
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