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I want to ride my...motorbike or scooter is the go

CRAIG BROCK
Last updated 05:00 30/12/2012
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RIDE ON: Scooters save time and money for getting around town.

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Riding a motorbike or scooter is the way to get around in New Zealand.

The petrol and running savings are obvious - on average you use about a third of the fuel.

Parking is a breeze as most areas have free parking or you can just find some for free.

The biggest advantage is the time you save. I've worked out that going from Westgate or close enough to Auckland's CBD saved me about 2000 hours a year riding the motorbike and 'filtering' rather that driving the car and sitting in traffic.

Also, if more people ride bikes and scooters, our roads will be safer and less busy for commuters.

The downside to riding a scooter or motorbike is having to wear motorbike gear, the obvious risk of injury and wet weather. If you can get passed these though you can gain a lot of freedom and cost savings.

I've been commuting around Auckland on a motorbike for 10 years and wish more people would do the same.


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