It’s no secret that the city of Houston is growing at a faster rate than most cities in the U.S. This increase in residents brings immeasurable value to the city, however, it also means more traffic on the already densely populated roads. Traffic is arguably the most daunting part of one’s day, and any increase in it is bad news for commuting Coogs. While there aren’t many ways to avoid traffic, a way to alleviate the agony of driving in Houston is by riding a motorcycle—a fun and exciting way to get around that comes with several benefits.
Riding a motorcycle could cut commuting times in half. Motorcycles are quick, nimble and they are allowed in the HOV lane, even if riding solo. Not only does riding in the HOV cut down on travel time but it also provides a much safer commute for the vulnerable motorcyclist.
UH students know that the commute isn’t over once he or she arrives on campus. The struggle of finding parking on or near campus can make all the difference in getting to class on time, but for the student commuting on a motorcycle, parking couldn’t be easier. There seems to be VIP parking for motorcyclists spread throughout the campus and there are always spaces available.
Spending less time on the road is also beneficial to the environment. Motorcycles are generally greener than most cars and emit less greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide. The impact is not only less harsh on the environment but also less harsh on one’s wallet. Gas goes a lot further in a motorcycle, averaging over forty miles per gallon depending on the make and model. In the long run a motorcycle will save the commuter more money than driving a car.
Despite all of the perks of riding a motorcycle, riding one definitely has its cons as well, however, many of these cons can be resolved to an extent.
One thing to consider is the weather. Houstonians may not have to worry about snow when riding their bikes, but the rain and heat can also be a hassle. Rain isn’t fun to ride in but there are several companies that offer waterproof riding gear from head to toe. Most Houstonians know how sporadic the weather is and a common phrase is, “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” However, the summer heat is unavoidable. For the most part, riding gear is made with ventilation in helmets, jackets, gloves, pants and shoes. These products also come in several styles and aid in the “cool factor” of riding a motorcycle.
Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes to suit one’s needs and desires. Sport bikes and cruisers are typically the most popular. Café racers are the latest and fastest growing trend, a retro look like the pictured Ducati Sport Classic.
Riding a motorcycle allows one to reap the benefits of saving money, saving time in traffic, getting great parking and leaving less of a carbon footprint on the environment. Moreover, riding a motorcycle transforms the most dreaded part of one’s day into the most exciting and allows one to taste life. There’s an indescribable sense of freedom in grabbing a helmet, backpack and hitting the road.