There is a boom in two-wheeled transport in Ukraine, who is to blame?
Recently, each of us has noticed that there are more two-wheeled vehicles on the streets of our cities. Let’s find out who is to blame for this and the view out the window will not turn into a view of India or Pakistan. Spoiler: Delivery services, healthy living and common sense are to blame.
Let’s try with an example to figure out who the baby boomers are and why they didn’t choose the car or public transportation.
The first will be Ruslan – he works in a well-known delivery service in Kiev, delivers hamburgers and nuggets to hungry people, but he has neither the time nor the inclination to go to a restaurant. Among his colleagues, the scooter is the most popular means of transportation. He chose this mode of transportation because of the simplicity and convenience of the city.
The advantages include:
- Great maneuverability in town. No need to stay in traffic, you can easily drive somewhere in the thickets of residential neighborhoods, even if someone has blocked the way with a concrete block.
- low fuel (or electric) consumption. Unlike a car, an ordinary scooter has a displacement of only 50 cm2. For example, one of the most popular Honda Dio 27 scooters “eats” only 1.85 liters (or 54 UAH) per 100 km. In the case of electric traction, on average, a scooter consumes 2.5 kW (or 5-10 UAH, in some gas stations you can charge for free) for 10 km.
- Cheap to maintain. Spare parts for a scooter are not expensive, there are many high-quality analogues from the manufacturers of original parts, which also serve for a long time.
- Easy to use. Who has tried it – knows, just turn the accelerator and the scooter goes, usually this is a technique for an automatic transmission (variator) and to learn to drive it – it is enough to be able to ride a bike and 3 minutes to understand how the headlights turn on, turn and where the brakes are.
- Relatively low price of a scooter on average (8000-18000 UAH), and ease of maintenance.
- A bit cold and dangerous to drive in winter or in the rain.
- To leave it unattended on the street, you need to lock it with a padlock in Stovb.
- Motorists do not always see or respect two-wheeled riders, despite the fact that they are the same road users and the same rules apply to them.
- There is a greater danger when a wheel hits a hole than with a car, you can just fly away.
Next – Marichka de Vinnitsa. She owns a mountain bike, despite having a car in the family, she periodically prefers a bicycle. Cycling is a fairly convenient way to get to the right place in a small town, relax and breathe fresh air, “burn” extra kilocalories (an adult burns 280-875 kcal per hour). In addition, in recent years, cycling infrastructure has started to develop in Ukraine. Still 5 years ago, everyone was looking in wonder at the bike paths and photographing them, they looked like something strange. But today, more and more city dwellers are asking local leaders to build and develop cycle paths in new urban road projects. The leading cities in terms of cycling infrastructure are Kharkiv, Odessa, Dnipro, Lviv and Kiev.
A bicycle – whatever they say, a few advantages. Instead of money, your extra pounds are burned, fresh air saturates the body’s cells with oxygen and lifts your spirits.
But an important attribute of the cyclist, which is neglected in our country, is the helmet. And Marichka is no exception – she cares about her health and doesn’t care about her safety, because “it’s not far”
The third is Andrey from Kharkov. He bought an electric scooter to get from his home to work and remove the risk of contracting covid in a minibus or metro. By the way, the scooter turned out to be a surprisingly handy and practical vehicle – you can take it to the office on the 6th floor and put it in a power outlet to charge it. The outlets from the office are free, which makes this type of transport practically free. And more recently, electric scooter and bicycle rentals are gaining popularity in major cities. The problems are the same as for a scooter with a bicycle – the snow is falling and the super scooter must be stored in the closet until next season, as it is dangerous to ride on slippery surfaces.
From the examples, we can conclude that more and more people are choosing practicality and economy. Where are the health benefits of two-wheeled transport. Everyone chooses what they need. Ukraine is still a long way from Amsterdam, where 40% of people own and use a bicycle, but the situation is gradually changing and the impetus for this process was given by the fear of getting sick from covid by catching it. in the minibus, and containment, which has become a good basis for the rapid development of delivery services.
And this in a context of growth of the motorcycle market of nearly + 50% each year since 2019.
We asked people in the industry what they think we should expect and how the situation of two-wheeled transport will develop in Ukraine.
Meet Maxim, co-owner of the popular online motorcycle parts store MotoZilla.
“How do you think the industry will develop in the years to come? “
“I believe we are going to head to Europe. Motorcycles, scooters and bicycles are more common there than in Ukraine.
This has several reasons: more developed infrastructure and the compactness of some cities, where it is simply impossible to use a car (eg Amsterdam). In some cities, it is simply forbidden to enter the city center by car.
The driving force will be the couriers of delivery services, people who don’t want to wait for hours in traffic jams in big cities, and those who simply care about their health and prefer a bicycle. “
“Do you have a two-wheeled vehicle? “
“Yes, my wife and I have bikes that we sometimes use for cycling.”
There are indeed many more two-wheeled vehicles on the roads, but India will not succeed. This is very good for “unloading” the transport arteries of large cities, and for the health of citizens, their family budget. If you are planning to buy an electric bicycle, scooter, motorbike or scooter for yourself, this is a rather convenient form of transportation, but keep in mind that unlike in Europe, sometimes we have holes on our roads, and not all sidewalks are equipped with cycle races.