Dr Julian Lewis [Virtual]: As an alternative to using public transport during the crisis, what assessment has my right hon. Friend made of the desirability of ageing bikers like me once again using motorcycles for travelling to work, and will he be taking any steps to incentivise motorcycle usage as the lockdown is gradually eased?
[The Secretary of State for Transport (Grant Shapps): I am not sure I accept the entire premise of my right hon. Friend’s question. Motorcycles are an enormously important way of getting around – 2.7 billion miles were travelled by motorcycle in 2018, the last year for which we have data. We are working on a number of projects, including sorting out potholes, which are a huge problem for people on motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles. I also encourage him – at whatever age – to adopt the electric motorbike.]
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