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Motorcycles Seen as One Way to Go

November 06, 1988

An interesting article on ride-sharing by Maria L. La Ganga ("Everyone Into the Pool," Oct. 30). However, she seems to have entirely overlooked one excellent alternative mode of transportation--the motorcycle.

Orange County probably has the highest percentage of motorcycles in a motorcycle-car ratio in the country. This is motorcycling's mecca, with very little rain and a pleasant temperature all year round. A great many motorcycles can fit into the same space as a few cars, whether that is on the highway or in the parking lots.

Not everybody will wish to learn how to ride a motorcycle or want to commute on one, but motorcyclists should be encouraged to ride their machines to work. A company can put "motorcycles only" parking close to the front entrance and watch the increase in motorized two-wheeling. Walking and bicycling are excellent alternatives, but unfortunately, most commutes are too long; a motorcycle can overcome the problem of distance while decreasing the cubic volume of vehicular traffic and the amount of emissions polluting the air.

Fortunately, Caltrans takes motorcycles into account, and most of the county's car-pool access lanes have "motorcycles OK" signs. With the Motorcycle Safety Foundation-approved riding schools available, anyone can learn to ride. Put a riding suit over a three-piece suit and an executive can arrive on his BMW ready for the board meeting.

No, it is not advisable to use a phone or shave while riding a motorcycle, but it is an excellent way to start the day--and not worry about the traffic.

CLEMENT SALVADORI

Laguna Beach

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