The motorcycle industry can help to cut the economic
and ecological cost of getting around in our increasingly crowded cities,
according to Stuart Strickland, Senior Director of Honda MPE (a subsidiary
of Honda Motor Japan).
Strickland has appealed to local councils and transport authorities to
introduce secure parking for small scooters at transport interchanges,
to encourage commuters to use them instead of cars.
The bicycle storage boxes now being made available at some ferry
wharves and train stations in Sydney are a step in the right direction,
he says, but not everyone wants to or can ride a bicycle. Just about
everyone can ride a scooter. In some States you can do so with only a
For those who are uncertain about their riding ability, proven and
effective rider training is available from Hondas HART centres in
Melbourne and Sydney as well as other training organisations.
One vehicle which could do a lot to reduce the cost of transport and its
impact on the ecology is Hondas inexpensive new 49cc scooter, the
Vehicles like the Scoopy provide the missing link for commuting,
says Honda MPE chief Stuart Strickland. Quite apart from their function
as a fashion statement, they provide an amazingly convenient and inexpensive
way to get to the nearest ferry wharf, bus stop or train station. If you
live reasonably close to work you can ride a small scooter all the way.
By getting you to public transport without stress or fuss, a scooter
like the Scoopy can potentially replace the second family car. It uses
pretty close to the absolute minimum of natural resources to build and
to run, and yet it offers the freedom of individual motorised transport
and some protection from the elements as well.
Strickland is keen to emphasise the social, ecological and economic advantages
of the Scoopy, but he is also aware of the fashionable side of its attraction.
The styling is cheerful and bright, and the design combines a strong
fashion statement with great practicality, he says.
The Scoopy is also especially easy to ride, partly because of its
lightness and partly because of the technology it offers. The automatic
transmission means that there are no gears to worry about, the brakes
are linked for ease of use and the Scoopy has two effective security systems.
Theres even a bag hook behind the leg shield to hold a handbag or
As well as all that, Strickland points out, the Scoopys
cheerful looks mean that it is a great way to make new friends!
Honda MPE is the Australian distributors of Honda motorcycles, power equipment
and marine products.