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Experiment shows two wheels are better than four

The Argus: Experiment shows two wheels are better than one Experiment shows two wheels are better than one

AN experimental race between different modes of transport has shown two wheels are better than four when it comes to the rush hour commute. The Commuter City Challenge saw a motorcyclist, cyclist, car driver and public transport user race from Claremont Road, Seaford, to Queen’s Road, Brighton.

The 14 mile route, leaving at 7.36am was chosen to represent a genuine commuter journey during peak rush hour.

The motorcyclist arrived first after 29 minutes, the cyclist arrived after 34 minutes, the car driver was next taking 59 minutes and the public transport user, who had travelled on foot and by train, took 62 minutes.

The cycle commute was tackled by Tracy Harris, a triathlete and “contender” in the original 1992 ITV series Gladiators. Mr Harris, 51, of Marine Drive, Rottingdean, who works for the local authority, said: “It was great fun. I knew I wouldn’t beat the motorcyclist but I was really pleased to finish within five minutes of him.

“It’s far, far better to go on two wheels than on four if you want to save time, whether it’s a motorbike, scooter or a push bike.

“When my boss and my co-workers finish work at the same time we often have an unofficial race back to Rottingdean, me cycling and them in their cars. If it’s rush hour they don’t stand a chance.”

Brighton and Hove was identified in the 2014 TomTom Traffic Index report as the fifth most congested city in the UK. In 2013 journeys in the city took on average 31 per cent longer than they would in free-flowing traffic conditions. Times increased to 58 per cent in peak periods. Shirley Pattison, project manager for international event Ride To Work Day, said: “The challenge was very successful and it proved that in Sussex it’s bikes which get there faster.

“When you drive or take the train you are at the mercy of other factors. The advantage of a bike or motorbike is you can leave home at the same time every day and know exactly when you’ll get to work.”

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2:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gary @ says...

Cue headline change.
Cue headline change. Gary @
  • Score: 6

2:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Tallywhacker says...

Very interesting. Now do it with each having two children (both at different schools) the other half (who doesn't work at the same place you do) and taking home some shopping at the end of the day while picking up the other half and the two kiddies on the way back. Oh and one of the kids has ballet lessons while the other does gymnastics 3 miles away. Transport requirements are different for every person for each trip, no one system works every time every trip.
Very interesting. Now do it with each having two children (both at different schools) the other half (who doesn't work at the same place you do) and taking home some shopping at the end of the day while picking up the other half and the two kiddies on the way back. Oh and one of the kids has ballet lessons while the other does gymnastics 3 miles away. Transport requirements are different for every person for each trip, no one system works every time every trip. Tallywhacker
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

Gary @ wrote:
Cue headline change.
Lol......The Argus obviously thought a unicyclist took part.
[quote][p][bold]Gary @[/bold] wrote: Cue headline change.[/p][/quote]Lol......The Argus obviously thought a unicyclist took part. stevo!!
  • Score: 4

2:05pm Tue 24 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

"Experiment shows two wheels are better than one"

In other news, the Pope reveals he's a Catholic.

This 'experiment' is conducted thousands of times a day in London.....what a non-story!

Oh, and over shorter distances in London, a bicycle can beat a motorbike.
"Experiment shows two wheels are better than one" In other news, the Pope reveals he's a Catholic. This 'experiment' is conducted thousands of times a day in London.....what a non-story! Oh, and over shorter distances in London, a bicycle can beat a motorbike. stevo!!
  • Score: 3

2:08pm Tue 24 Jun 14

PracticeNotTheories says...

'Experimental'? Really? Top Gear did this ages ago.
Why didn't they do a test with a bus though? With those new bus lanes, they would have got there in a flash.

Of course... if it wasn't for those bus lanes, the car would probably have knocked another 10 mins off it's time...
'Experimental'? Really? Top Gear did this ages ago. Why didn't they do a test with a bus though? With those new bus lanes, they would have got there in a flash. Of course... if it wasn't for those bus lanes, the car would probably have knocked another 10 mins off it's time... PracticeNotTheories
  • Score: 9

2:14pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Ouseler says...

" Oh, and over shorter distances in London, a bicycle can beat a motorbike."

Agreed, but in my experience Motorcyclist tend not to ride via the pavement and they rarely ignore red traffic lights.
" Oh, and over shorter distances in London, a bicycle can beat a motorbike." Agreed, but in my experience Motorcyclist tend not to ride via the pavement and they rarely ignore red traffic lights. Ouseler
  • Score: 9

2:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

Ouseler wrote:
" Oh, and over shorter distances in London, a bicycle can beat a motorbike."

Agreed, but in my experience Motorcyclist tend not to ride via the pavement and they rarely ignore red traffic lights.
I get your points, but cyclists can use buslanes AND can ride the 'wrong' way up one-way streets. They basically travel in a straight line.

Years ago, I had a race with one of our cyclists from Hanover Square to 100 Park Lane, a distance of quarter of a mile. I rode my motorbike as fast as I legally could on the most direct route, yet my mate was sitting on the steps waiting for me when I got there. There were no bus lanes enroute.
[quote][p][bold]Ouseler[/bold] wrote: " Oh, and over shorter distances in London, a bicycle can beat a motorbike." Agreed, but in my experience Motorcyclist tend not to ride via the pavement and they rarely ignore red traffic lights.[/p][/quote]I get your points, but cyclists can use buslanes AND can ride the 'wrong' way up one-way streets. They basically travel in a straight line. Years ago, I had a race with one of our cyclists from Hanover Square to 100 Park Lane, a distance of quarter of a mile. I rode my motorbike as fast as I legally could on the most direct route, yet my mate was sitting on the steps waiting for me when I got there. There were no bus lanes enroute. stevo!!
  • Score: -3

2:40pm Tue 24 Jun 14

cynic_the says...

How long would it take a person of average fitness and cycling skill to cover the 14 miles? Surely the bicycle has an unfair advantage when piloted by a triathlete?

Goes to show why many people avoid public transport - would be interesting to see how long the bus would have taken too. Perhaps this was vetoed by the bus company?
How long would it take a person of average fitness and cycling skill to cover the 14 miles? Surely the bicycle has an unfair advantage when piloted by a triathlete? Goes to show why many people avoid public transport - would be interesting to see how long the bus would have taken too. Perhaps this was vetoed by the bus company? cynic_the
  • Score: 8

3:40pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Morpheus says...

Now do a realistic trial with overweight 50 year old commuters.
Now do a realistic trial with overweight 50 year old commuters. Morpheus
  • Score: 5

11:01pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

While it is hardly suprising that the relatively fit cyclist beat the car and the bus, this reduces the comparison to just time. The cyclist benefited greatly from the exercise and, no doubt improved work concentration and energy at the end of their journey. The journey was integral to keeping thenm fit and healthy, whearas the motorbike and car journies were the worst in that respect.
While it is hardly suprising that the relatively fit cyclist beat the car and the bus, this reduces the comparison to just time. The cyclist benefited greatly from the exercise and, no doubt improved work concentration and energy at the end of their journey. The journey was integral to keeping thenm fit and healthy, whearas the motorbike and car journies were the worst in that respect. HJarrs
  • Score: 1

11:31pm Tue 24 Jun 14

cynic_the says...

HJarrs wrote:
While it is hardly suprising that the relatively fit cyclist beat the car and the bus, this reduces the comparison to just time. The cyclist benefited greatly from the exercise and, no doubt improved work concentration and energy at the end of their journey. The journey was integral to keeping thenm fit and healthy, whearas the motorbike and car journies were the worst in that respect.
you really are one of the most tragic people I've ever encountered : ( If you put as much effort as you do trolling this board into basically anything else... well you might find you no longer need to come on here and troll.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: While it is hardly suprising that the relatively fit cyclist beat the car and the bus, this reduces the comparison to just time. The cyclist benefited greatly from the exercise and, no doubt improved work concentration and energy at the end of their journey. The journey was integral to keeping thenm fit and healthy, whearas the motorbike and car journies were the worst in that respect.[/p][/quote]you really are one of the most tragic people I've ever encountered : ( If you put as much effort as you do trolling this board into basically anything else... well you might find you no longer need to come on here and troll. cynic_the
  • Score: 2

11:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HJarrs says...

cynic_the wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
While it is hardly suprising that the relatively fit cyclist beat the car and the bus, this reduces the comparison to just time. The cyclist benefited greatly from the exercise and, no doubt improved work concentration and energy at the end of their journey. The journey was integral to keeping thenm fit and healthy, whearas the motorbike and car journies were the worst in that respect.
you really are one of the most tragic people I've ever encountered : ( If you put as much effort as you do trolling this board into basically anything else... well you might find you no longer need to come on here and troll.
Hmmmm, I wonder who is the troll? Er...you!
[quote][p][bold]cynic_the[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: While it is hardly suprising that the relatively fit cyclist beat the car and the bus, this reduces the comparison to just time. The cyclist benefited greatly from the exercise and, no doubt improved work concentration and energy at the end of their journey. The journey was integral to keeping thenm fit and healthy, whearas the motorbike and car journies were the worst in that respect.[/p][/quote]you really are one of the most tragic people I've ever encountered : ( If you put as much effort as you do trolling this board into basically anything else... well you might find you no longer need to come on here and troll.[/p][/quote]Hmmmm, I wonder who is the troll? Er...you! HJarrs
  • Score: -1

8:59am Wed 25 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

The days go by, yet the headline remains the same....
The days go by, yet the headline remains the same.... stevo!!
  • Score: 0

12:02am Thu 26 Jun 14

Dizzy! says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
Very interesting. Now do it with each having two children (both at different schools) the other half (who doesn't work at the same place you do) and taking home some shopping at the end of the day while picking up the other half and the two kiddies on the way back. Oh and one of the kids has ballet lessons while the other does gymnastics 3 miles away. Transport requirements are different for every person for each trip, no one system works every time every trip.
I do...and by bike
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: Very interesting. Now do it with each having two children (both at different schools) the other half (who doesn't work at the same place you do) and taking home some shopping at the end of the day while picking up the other half and the two kiddies on the way back. Oh and one of the kids has ballet lessons while the other does gymnastics 3 miles away. Transport requirements are different for every person for each trip, no one system works every time every trip.[/p][/quote]I do...and by bike Dizzy!
  • Score: 0
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