September 09, 2010 19:00 ET

Swinton Sees Surge in Back to Work Bikers

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2010) - With the summer holidays over, Britain is back to work and once again having to tackle the rush hour traffic. However, rather than battling the crowds in a car, Swinton bike insurance has noticed a new commuting trend and can reveal that more and more people are now riding a motorcycle to work than ever before.

According to an online survey by Swinton bike insurance, there is a 16% rise in commuters riding their motorbikes to work since this time last year, with an overall total of 11% of U.K commuters riding motorbikes to work. These back to work bikers have cited that the main reason they have switched transportation is the bike's better ability to wind its way through the rush hour traffic, saving them an estimated 20 minutes each morning. 

The survey of 1200 Swinton customers revealed the top methods of travel for commuters to be:

  1. Car 38%
  2. Train 25%
  3. Bus 16%
  4. Bike 11%
  5. Other 10%

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, said "It's great to see that people are managing to save valuable time by using their motorbike on their daily commute, however is essential that any motorcyclist makes sure they take care when they first get back on the road after their holidays. September is such a busy time on the roads as the school and work traffic gets back in full swing, and it is imperative that commuters watch their speed and stay vigilant. This will reduce the likelihood of an accident and ensure insurance premiums remain low."

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About Swinton

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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