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Old 02-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Motorcycles could eliminate traffic jams.

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We know that motorcycles get far better gas mileage than passenger cars and trucks, so it follows that if motorcycles replaced cars on the roads, gas consumption would decrease. But traffic would also drop significantly -- a revelation that comes courtesy of a new study by a Belgian transportation-resea​rch firm.

Researchers used computer-modeling software to analyze a stretch of highway between the Belgian cities of Leuven and Brussels, pulling from rush-hour traffic statistics during a typical workday last May. They found that if 10 percent of cars were replaced by motorcycles, drivers' commuting times would decrease by 40 percent and emissions would drop by 6 percent. (The latter is a combination of the fact that motorcycles inherently have lower emissions and that emission rates drop as a vehicle's speed increases -- which it is wont to do when traffic lightens or dissipates.)

Moreover, when the results were extrapolated to Belgium's other highways, the time savings for all vehicles was 15,000 hours per day. And when 25 percent of cars were swapped out for motorcycles, traffic was eliminated entirely.
Not sure how much of an effect only 25 percent would have on the nightmare that is Houston rush hour.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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Most of people's preference in" safety" and comfort plays a factor in auto. People know all the things about better mpg and traffic, but are scared to ride a bike. And also cars/trucks are status symbols in america that people think they must have(I am part of this crowd, but my car's awesome: but I ride everyday to work) and they don't want to ride 40minutes on a bike to work.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:49 PM   #3
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i can't wait to get another bike to commute on. as it stands, I work out of my truck, so there is nothing I can do until I get a job in a hospital and can afford a commuter vehicle.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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with the yahoos that cant ride now and the accidents there are, just imagine how many there would be if everybody rode. yes, there would be traffic jams, because the roads would be blocked so they can scrap bodies up off of them.
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