Motorcycling for pleasure

Motorcyclists allowed to ride for pleasure rather than necessity. Personal contact is minimal face and mouth covered by helmets gloves worn.

Why the contribution is important

Provides exercise
Mental stimulation
Social contact without high risk

by Lenox847 on May 11, 2020 at 09:46AM

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Average rating: 3.1
Based on: 13 votes


  • Posted by Bec May 11, 2020 at 10:10

    Unlike exercise, it provides no physical health benefits and is a polluting mode of transport. RTA involving motorcycles are all too common in rural areas and could severely impact already stretched local services. I think this is a bad idea.
  • Posted by redfred85 May 11, 2020 at 10:50

    Allow motorcycle rides for pleasure in solo or small numbers. Far less risk to health than a group of cyclists.

    No increased risk of RTC than normal conditions, fewer cars on the road will probaly reduce the accident rates

    Allowing riders back out will prevent them "getting rusty" reducing the risk further

    contrary to the first comment , motorcycle riding is in fact a low impact exercise , studies show you can burn 600cal/hr riding a motorcycle.

    Most importantly the mental health benefits of riding a motorcycle should be encouraged, especially during these troublesome times

  • Posted by GraemeBrown May 11, 2020 at 12:12

    No physical health benefits, increased risk of RTA putting strain potentially on emergency services.

    Use for essential journeys only
  • Posted by Dave_H May 11, 2020 at 12:19

    It is important, as many ideas are showing, that the public are very soon allowed the freedom to undertake more and more outdoor leisure activities that are very low or even no risk of spreading the virus. This will be good for the mental state of all of us enduring lockdown and show, like the purpose of this consultation, that we are being treated like grown ups.

    If there is no opening up of outdoor activities then it will send the message that this consultation has been ignored and we are not being treated like adults. Then people will resent the decisions taken and have little respect for the rules if they perceive them to be petty and unnecessary.

  • Posted by Cheesecake72 May 11, 2020 at 12:30

    Motocycling for pleasure should be considered as mental and physical stimulation, most motorcyclist wear face covers/masks as well as gloves and helmets with visors while riding, I personally suffer from anxiety and depression yet while riding my motorcycle I feel far better mentally through concentration and remaining aware of my surroundings, I fully understand there is a pandemic at present but I must say that not being able to ride my motorcycle at present is causing me more distress than usual,
  • Posted by secordner May 11, 2020 at 12:39

    4 benefits of riding my motorcycle

    1. Healthier, stronger knees and thighs. Orthopaedic surgeons have noted that motorcycle riders have fewer knee problems because riding a bike strengthens key muscles.

    2. Improved core strength. All activities involved in steering a bike, moving at low speeds, etc.,serve to strengthen muscles in the abdomen

    3. Increased insulin sensitivity. Motorcycle riding is a low-impact exercise, so riders have improved insulin sensitivity for up to eight hours after riding, which in turn promotes weight loss.

    4. Mental health and well-being. Riding a motorcycle releases the almighty endorphins that serve to boost mood and improve outlook. Time in the sun also ups your vitamin D exposure, which is a mood enhancer
  • Posted by vanessacordner May 11, 2020 at 13:03

    Agree. Good for mental health, is a form of exercise and no physical contact with others. Regarding increased accidents, due to less cars on the road (and given it’s often cars that cause RTAs with motorbikes), think the risk is reduced.
  • Posted by cfmcaleer May 11, 2020 at 14:05

    Riding would allow for improved mental wellbeing with low physical risk to others. The environmental impact is much lower than that of cars and often (although not always) ridden by more observant and careful people.
  • Posted by KathleenZ May 11, 2020 at 21:56

    Riding a motorbike does have physical benefits and for me even more so, mental health benefits. Needing to concentrate on the road surface, lane positioning, other road users, it leaves no room for your mind to wander. Perfect for getting away from the strains of lockdown right now. Faces are covered and it can be done as a solo activity. Pay at the pump or night pay screens can further limit contact.
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