A few weeks ago, we wrote how public interest in cars has increased globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes, cars are quite an expensive purchase, but because many are afraid to use public transport in fear of getting infected by the coronavirus, traffic in key cities around the world have experienced an increase in road use and a decline in public transport use. We also said in that article that the interest of Filipinos towards smaller, more affordable cars has also increased since these people only need a car simply out of fear of getting infected.
According to an article by Moovit, the world experienced a decline in public transportation from about 70 percent to 90 percent among commuters from January to April this year.
Another study also said that the greatest risk for a person to get ill is exposure to mass gatherings, particularly public transportation, because of exposure to crowds or contact with surfaces touched by people such as handrails and door handles.
This reinforces the importance of not just social distancing but minimized travel aside from staying at home. However, not everyone can afford a car–even a second hand one, and so we think that motorcycles are an affordable means of solo travel whilst practicing social distancing.
Motorcycles can become a reliable and convenient mode of transportation, especially during these trying times that commuters need to remain safe from crowds along with the added protection of full-face helmets and face masks.
Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the Philippines, joins the country as it works to meet the challenges posed by the global health crisis through promoting physical distancing and providing a safe and convenient mode of mobility.
“This pandemic is expected to remain with us throughout the year. So, we must ensure the safety of Filipinos by providing the possible transportation solutions that will allow mobility at a reasonable price, yet keep them safe,” said Susumu Mitsuishi, President of HPI.
The array of cutting-edge motorcycles busy on the streets, such as the Honda BeAT, Genio, CLICK, and the PCX150 is an indication that Honda’s AT bikes are becoming predominant.
“It brings us great fulfillment that our motorcycles are of great importance especially during these days, bringing safety for people against the dangerous virus,” Mitsuishi said.