Wednesday, 12 September 2012

News from Travel Plan Plus - Cambridge Science Park Revving Up for Motorcycle Event ** TODAY **

Commuters are invited to a free event run by the Travel Plan Plus (TP+) project to try out and find out more about travelling to work by motorcycle or scooter.

There will be plenty of vroom to see what models are on offer as well as training, safety tips and help for beginners with trial rides for complete novices.

The event, being held on Wednesday 12 September between 11am to 2pm at Napp, 196 Cambridge Science Park, is for anyone interested in riding a motorcycle or scooter.

It follows last year's highly successful event when almost 100 people came to check out how they could use motorbikes and scooters to get to work.

"A motorcycle or scooter is a really efficient and effective way of improving your commute and reducing your fuel costs," said Tony Clayton, Travel Plan Plus Coordinator and organiser of the event. "Our 2011 event showed that commuters are interested in riding to work. This year's event promises to be even bigger with more models on display, more dealers and more opportunities to try out a commute-friendly machine in a safe environment," Tony continued.

Supported by Cambridgeshire County Council's Road Safety team, the event also allows visitors to get advice and practical support from a number of experts on subjects such as learning how to ride and riding safely.

Matt Staton, Road Safety Officer, added, "This event is aimed at encouraging people to think about the way they commute. Riding a scooter or motorcycle is a great way to commute, the benefits being reduced congestion, shorter journey times, and less pollution; many smaller machines achieve around 100 miles per gallon! Gone about in the right way, motorcycling has many benefits."

Motorcycle training school, Absolute Rider Training, will be offering taster sessions for anybody wishing to try out a motorcycle on the day," Tony said.

Local dealers Haywards and Supamoto will be displaying and allowing test rides of a selection of vehicles aimed at those new to riding a scooter or motorcycle.  Hood Jeans will also have on show their range of abrasion resistant jeans, dispelling the myth of the leather-clad biker, suitable for commuter riding.

Cambridgeshire Police will also be promoting the national Bikesafe scheme aimed at riders with a full bike licence. "Bikesafe is a national initiative that promotes motorcycle safety with dedicated classroom workshop followed by an observed ride with an advanced police motorcyclist on a variety of roads," said PC Simon Burgin from the Cambridgeshire Police Bikesafe Team. "Why not have your riding ability refreshed and assessed, book a course at (Cambridgeshire)," he continued.

This event is open to all commuters working in the Travel Plan Plus area; Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Business Park, St John's Innovation Park , Cambridge Regional College and Taylor Vinters Solicitors.

TP+ is a Travel for Work Partnership project on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council. It is helping businesses in the Science Park area with their travel issues.