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the best, and worst, places to bike in britain

A recent study of 16 prominent UK cities has found that Midlands hub Coventry is the best place to live as a motorcycle owner, owing to a number of factors identified through data analysis.

The study was carried out by Brightside Insurance which says it wanted to demonstrate some of the unexpected positive factors and negative repercussions of towns and cities in the UK, including vehicle theft, hours stuck in traffic, rainfall, motorbike test pass rates, speed limits, petrol prices, frequency of accidents and the number of motorbike clubs in the area.

The company says the country’s most appealing place to live as a biker, Coventry, came out top in Brightside’s research on several factors.

“The average speed in the city centre is 17mph, residents only spend 90 hours per year stuck in traffic and enjoy a scant 700mm of rain per year and cheaper petrol. There are some compromises, however – residents have to travel further afield to find a broader range of motorcycle clubs, as there are just four in the area. However, with Birmingham just 20 miles away, bikers craving the community spirit have the luxury of picking from 18 clubs there.

“Other high-scoring cities included Coventry’s neighbour Birmingham, and Liverpool in the North-West. The research also found those wanting to pass their motorcycles tests should take their test in Bristol with an average pass rate of 76.55%, compared with Glasgow’s 57.3%. Belfast came out on top for the least number of vehicle thefts, compared with Edinburgh, where the smaller population meant the city performed worst in average thefts per person.

“Unsurprisingly, Greater London was the second lowest scoring city in our research, with an average score of 6.1. Not only are drivers stuck for longest in traffic per year, the average speed limit is also the lowest – not great when motorbikes are known for their speed and agility moving through traffic. London is also the place which scored the worst for road traffic accidents.

“And finally, the losing city in our research, Cardiff, came out as the worst place to own a motorbike. The Welsh capital had the most rainfall per year, with an incredibly damp 1151.9mm per year – compared with 635.4mm in the sunniest city, Reading.

“Another factor that lost Cardiff points was the number of motorbike clubs in the area. The city only has four motorbike clubs, according to data from Whilst a motorcycle club is not the be-all and end of a motorbike owner’s checklist, many riders prefer the opportunity to socialise with other like-minded people with a similar passion to theirs.

“While Cardiff did score relatively well for vehicle thefts and petrol prices, both being lower than average, it was set back by the city’s low scores for motorbike test pass rates and average road accidents per year.”

Brightside says the data was collected from numerous sources. “Certain sets were averaged out per capita to create a more even comparison – this included data sets such as vehicle theft in areas and average road accidents per year. Each city was given a ranking score from 1 to 16 for each of the unique data sets investigated, which acted as a points system. The city with the most points on average came out victorious, whilst the fewest points indicated the least desirable place to live as a motorcyclist.”


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