Cardiff is the motorbike owner’s worst nightmare for riding.
Due to a number of factors the city scored particularly low with wet days per year and low number of bike clubs.
In the U.K many bike owners are familiar with rain and can experience increased stopping distances and slippery surfaces.
Rain can also cause reduced visibility as well as the chance of other effects from inclement weather making it more dangerous to be out on the road – it was reported that almost 3,000 people were killed or seriously injured when driving in the rain in 2016.
Another factor that lost the city points was the number of motorbike clubs in the area. Cardiff only has 4 motorbike clubs according to data from Motorcycle.org.
Whilst a motorcycle club is not the be-all and end off a motorbike owner’s checklist, many riders prefer the opportunity to socialise with other like-minded people with a similar passion to theirs.
Whilst Cardiff did score relatively higher for Vehicle Thefts and Petrol Prices, it was still set back by the city’s low scores for Motorbike Test Pass Rates and Average Road Accidents Per Year.
Unsurprisingly, Greater London was the second lowest scoring city in Brightside Insurance’s research. 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.
The city that came out on top was Coventry – the midlands city proved best in terms of the least hours stuck in traffic per year, and scored highly in the rainfall, average speed limit and petrol prices categories. Interestingly, Coventry had the same amount of motorbike clubs as Cardiff, however its other factors more than made up for the smaller selection of clubs.