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Honda News: Honda dealers on holiday in Japan (196?)

This is a travelogue of Honda dealers in the BeNeLux who won a competition and were allowed to visit Japan. Very nice to read and thanks again to Hans for supplying the material!

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SPECIAL EDITION « HOLIDAY IN JAPAN »

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In a few moments the Honda dealers will take off. The wonderful Japan adventure begins!

THOSE WHO TRAVEL FAR AWAY CAN TELL MANY STORIES...

Telling is only a reflection of the actual experience. Ten days in fairylike Japan ! For the Honda distributors, winners of the Honda competition, the fairy tale is now over. They will remember for a long time, about this unforgettable holiday... which they have been able to experience!

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They have arrived, The reception committee, formed by Honda Motor's
senior leaders, immediately takes the European visitors in tow.

Thursday 12 November, Arrival at Tokyo

At 7.15 pm local time our DC 8 C from the K.L.M. lands at the Tokyo International Airport, after a stopover (brrr!) in Alaska ! On the runway we are warmly welcomed by a very sympathetic delegation, consisting of many representatives of Honda. This exuberant friendliness promises for our further stay. With a fast and comfortable bus we arrive at the Palace Hotel of Tokyo. First surprise! This hotel bears witness to a comfort that is very rarely found in Europe. Each guest has a room with bathroom... with radio... and even with TV!

At 8.30 pm, European dealers will meet the Honda management at a "greeting reception". Describing the luxury of this reception is impossible, it would lead us too far! All dealers slept like marmots during their first night in Japan. Because we had already understood that, for the next busy days we had to have slept well!

Where is written that Friday the 13th is a lucky day!

Our first day in the Land of the Rising Sun leads us to the Honda Research and Development Institute in Saitama, on the outskirts of Tokyo. At the entrance each of us gets the white cardigan and the famous cap, which form the inseparable uniform of all members of the big Honda family. The example comes from above. Yes, because even Mr Siochiro Honda makes no exception to this rule!.... A little disappointment awaits us here. We have to leave cameras and cameras in the dressing room. All we will see is "top secret"!

This institute is unique in its kind. Every Honda part is tested here according to state-of-the-art methods. There is even a room where the temperature can be reduced to 50 degrees below zero. Scholars and technicians (they are 700 in number!) study the behaviour of the Honda engines. With real determination they work on the development of motorcycles, cars, generators, ind. engines, aircraft engines and machine tools, which are used in the production process of the Honda factories. We have the opportunity to see everything, to ask for everything, to investigate everything... except for some rooms where the door remains hermetically closed for each person "alien to the service".

There we are working in the greatest secrecy on the models that will soon cross the whole world!

It remains to be said that the welcome was also very friendly here and that Mr Honda showed us around in the most personal way.

Around noon we turn our bow to the Honda factory in Saitama, just a few minutes from the institute. Always dressed with our cardigan and cap we come face to face with the ultra-modern manufacturing methods, which amaze everyone. Once again we get to know the enormous production possibilities of Honda.

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The factory of Suzuka is so vast that you have to visit it by train.

We have lunch at the factory itself, in the company of the leaders of society. But the day is not over yet.
Some time later we are at the headquarters of Honda Motor in Tokyo. New wonder and admiration for that mighty building, with bright offices, perfectly grouped and furnished. There is enormous activity and at the same time a pleasant working atmosphere. We also see the many teleprinters that form the link between the main house and the Honda offices around the world.

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Mr Soichiro Honda, in his welcoming speech.

After our arrival at the hotel, at 8 pm we will be our guest in one of the most beautiful night-clubs, which you can imagine, the Mikado Restaurant Theatre. Talk about the beauty of the menu... or of the splendour of the spectacle is impossible work. In every respect, the offer can be compared to the best show of Broadway and even Las Vegas. The end of this evening is far too early but we comfort ourselves with the thought that tomorrow will also be a formidable day!

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At the entrance of the search centre of Honda Motor everyone
has put on the classic Honda uniform: white cardigan and green cap.

Saturday 14 November - Man is a big child!

Around noon that day we arrive at the Tama-Tech, the leisure park for young and old. It is a kind of Disneyland... but all in the sign of the 4-stroke engine. After a dinner, as abundant and refined as the meals we had enjoyed so far, we have to conclude again that man is actually a great child! Like crazy we have enjoyed ourselves on scooters, mopeds, go-karts, "flying saucers" and even "cups", all equipped with 4-stroke engines. And on the special motocross-circulation we admired the professional and acrobatic riding skills of the gentlemen Van Oorschot, Colin, Goemans and Siemens from our company. On our return to the Palace Hotel, after having played all afternoon, the table is again set for a memorable feast. Afterwards we will explore Tokyo along the street. Everyone will be impressed by the wriggling hustle and bustle that makes this capital city sizzle. But Tokyo is midnight closing time. Too bad... or rather happy. That way, after a well-filled day, everyone will be happy to crawl between the sheets.... to gain strength for tomorrow!

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The gentlemen Scheer, Wuyts and Harmans are getting ready for
a speed race per go-kart on the circuit of the amusement park Tama-Tech.

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Still in Tama-Tech. Mr. Van Oorschot gives a demonstration of his
virtuosity as a motor pilot on the motocross-circuit.

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At the Suzuka circuit we had the opportunity to test the Honda types
C320 and S90, as well as the sports car Honda 600 S.

Sunday 15 November - Speed : 250 km per hour!

Yes, you have read well: 250 km/h. This is the speed at which the Kodama train from the New Tokyo Line takes us to Nagoya. And the most amazing thing of all is, there is nothing to suggest how fast we get along. Cozy in the deep fluffy sofa beds, we imagine ourselves in a luxurious salon. We let ourselves taste the lunch aboard this train and hardly the last bite has been eaten or dc train is standing still in Nagoya.
Here we visit a fully restored medieval castle and a temple. We also enjoy a chance! Today is the ritual holiday of the children of 3, 5 and 7 years. Three thousand people take part in the pilgrimage, as an expression of thanks for the gods, because they have given them so beautiful, so healthy children. These children, dressed in colourful kimonos, get up in the procession. It is a fascinating sight that none of us will forget! Needless to say, our friend, Mr. Redel from Assenede, can enjoy his visual heart. He brings his entire arsenal of impressive cameras, cameras, light meters, distance meters and filters into position. From all angles and positions he takes snapshots!
Our arrival at the Nagoya Myako Hotel doesn't go unnoticed and we're driven by curious people. But our appetite doesn't have any rest and we do the festive table all credit again.

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Some dealers in front of the medieval castle of Nagoya.

Monday 16 November - Suzuka! 4.000 pieces per day!

Describing the Honda factory in Suzuka is an impossible task. We fall from one surprise to another. Superlatives are too modest to reflect our incredible experiences and feelings about this factory, where just 4,000 models a day are finished. By the way, we never believe we will find a factory anywhere else where efficiency is further enhanced. After this overwhelming visit we come to the circulation of Suzuka. Here we can test the new Honda S90 and the exceptional Honda 600 S sports car at our discretion. We reluctantly say goodbye to Suzuka. Back in our hotel we spend (as always) the best care for our stomach. Moreover, we are all spoiled with a nice memory.

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Traditional group photo at the Kyo-Yamato restaurant. The Benelux dealers in
festive regatta, especially for the occasion, gathered around Mr Honda.

Tuesday 17 November - The cardigan makes way for the kimono...

Today we are going to take a look at the region of Kioto. Without a doubt the most picturesque place of Japan, where temples and touristic pictures are crowding. Here is a small incident. A group of youngsters storm Mr. Sas. What do they want ?.... Just his signature, because they are convinced, given his stature, that they are dealing with the Olympic judo champion Anton (Geesink. With a restrained smile, Mr. Sas sacrifices himself... Very happy that he doesn't have to give a sample of his judo qualities to the best of his ability !

Today's lunch has been transformed into a gigantic "barbecue" in the open air, on the banks of a fairytale river. What a feast! We're in the middle of a lazy country. Halve lobsters with dozens, steaks and cutlets for which mothers pan would be too small, all served on a mountain of all kinds of vegetables and topped with a flood of delicious drinks. It's clear, even our best appetite (and it's not made by a small one) can't cope with this!

On our return to the hotel, we are met by a master tailor who measures us a traditional kimono and lets us put our feet into those typical Japanese footwear with thick soles. Then we are all photographed, each time flanked by lovable geishas. A wonderful reception awaits us in the Kyo-Yamato restaurant, a 100% Japanese occasion, where HH. MM. King Boudewijn and Queen Fabiola were guests during their visit last year.

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Handing over of gifts to Mr Honda at the Kyo-Yamato restaurant.

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An "exuberant" table of the many, during the 100% Japanese dinner in the
restaurant Kyo-Yamato. On the picture : the gentlemen Sas, Harmans and Oosterbaan.

It will be a royal dinner (how could it be otherwise ?!!) that will be even more shining with the presence of Mr. Soichiro Honda. We sit at small tables, where a representative of Honda Motor has also taken place... And at the table of Mr. Honda, where Mr. Claeys, Mr. Bonte, Mr. Van den Ende and Mr. Oly are seated, the mood is not the least cordial. On the contrary! We take the opportunity to offer Mr Honda, on behalf of all of us, a hanging clock decorated with gold coins with the statue of Queen Juliana, as well as a portrait painting of Mr Honda. The Benelux guests seem to feel better and more at home in their kimono, despite the fact that they have to put their briefcases and cigarettes in their sleeves... small details that increase the cheerful mood even more. To take your eyes and ears by surprise, dozens of geishas dance and sing, lifting up a tip of the veil that hangs over the Japanese Middle Ages...

Wednesday 18 November - A purely touristic day!

8.000.000 tourists per year! This is the official figure that the town of Atami (about 40,000 inhabitants) is home to every year. Today we are here for lunch. From there we go to the National Park of Hakone, where we see the sulphurous hot springs, the mighty forests and forests.

In the bus the beautiful Japanese hostess, who never leaves us, shortens the journey by singing some songs. However, one of them is very successful... and Mr. Dexters, from Opgrimbie, and Mr. Maenen, from Genk, make a Flemish version of it. After numerous purchases, committed by frantic souvenir hunters (and this kind of thing thrives in our company), we come together in the hotel Kanko van Hakone, whose windows look out over the eternally snowy flanks of the Fyjiyama. In the course of the evening we witness an epic bowling match between the gentlemen Oosterbaan, Derooy, Devries and other bowlers.

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National Park of Hakone. In the background you can see the vapors of the famous hot springs.

Thursday 19 November - Fujiyama, here we are!

On the way to the new Honda factory in Sayama we stop at Lake Kawaguchi and then take some refreshments in a hotel, at the foot of the Fujiyama. This amazing volcano is again an excellent exercise for the photographers in our company. Sayama's factory is not operational yet, but we still have the opportunity to take a close look at the remarkable machines and ingenious equipment. Soon, the Honda cars will leave the band here. And we are not a little proud to hear that we are the first visitors to be admitted to this factory. We take our seats again on the bus with destination Tokyo. The New Hilton Hotel, undoubtedly the most beautiful of all Hilton hotels in the world, receives us as princes. After a late "shopping" in the Japanese capital we put ourselves to bed. Good night!

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The beautiful Hilton Hotel of Tokyo, where we spend our last two nights in Japan.

Friday 20 November - Honda dealers occupy the city!

Most Honda agents, who trade motorcycles and mopeds, also sell Honda sports cars, even though they do not have the necessary equipment to ensure maintenance. However, Mr Honda has found the solution, namely a central maintenance and after-sales service in the city centre. The service is ultramodem equipped and used by all dealers. By the way, all are co-owners. Truly a simple solution ! But you have to think about it !....

After visiting this center we return to the Hilton Hotel for lunch. The afternoon is off. The Benelux dealers didn't need to know more. Together they all go to the city and besiege the shops as it were... They buy everything they can get. It is a real razzia on everything "made in Japan"! In the evening, in the Star Hill Club of the Hilton Hotel, in the presence of Mr Fujisawa, Vice-President of Honda Motor, we attend the farewell reception : last reception but certainly not the least; as always a royal welcome!

After Mr. Lammers gave our gift to Mr. Fujisawa, Mr. Van Zijp thanks in a moving speech, on behalf of all of us, for the unforgettable stay, during which everything, but everything, was arranged in detail. Nice detail, at this reception we all received a beautiful gift and also a beautiful album with many pictures, recorded during our billiard... The last ones were made the same morning. Another clear proof of the efficiency and the incredible organizational spirit that inspires all of Japan! ... That night we slept under the Japanese starry sky for the last time. But the night seems far too short to us. We all wish that the dawn would take days and days!

Saturday 21 November - Sayonara! ...

Unfortunately! Sayonara... See you soon. Japan, magical fairytale land ! We are at the airport, from which our plane will take off ... if it can take off! Yes, because all travellers are so heavily loaded with gifts, souvenirs, bargains, that we seriously wonder if we should not charter a second plane. The directors of Honda Motor have of course come along to wish us a good trip and wave after us. Whiped up by the reaction engines, our plane disengages itself from the ground... Soon the last images of Japan fade away... Soon we will land in Brussels and Amsterdam, after stopovers at Manila (where the last pennies go up in cigars), Bangkok, Calcutta. Karachi, Dahrhan, Cairo, Athens and... not at Zurich, as planned, since the dense fog forced us to take the district to Frankfurt. There remains one last formality: customs. This went very smoothly, thanks to the kindness of the K.L.M. who did everything possible to make this obligation as easy and as short as possible.

« No adieu, but see you soon!.... »

The directors of Honda Motor find only one thing less happy: "It's a pity, they say, that not all Honda dealers have been able to experience these unforgettable days!...". But, friend-reader, don't be afraid. Honda Motor Benelux is already thinking of a new race ! And who knows, maybe the time has come for you to enjoy Japanese hospitality to the fullest...

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At the reception at the Kyo-Yanutto restaurant, charming geishas
danced, reviving a fascinating piece of Japanese history.

HONDA wishes you a happy new year and... flourishing sales!

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  pdf Dealerreis door Japan (reisverslag) (6.69 MB)  (dutch)

Japan enters the Benelux (1963)

This article is a translation from the original Dutch article that can be found here.

For about four years now, the ultra-light Honda 50 cc four-stroke motorcycle has been imported into our country. It is a beautiful concept in moped form, which surprised us at the time by its quietly running four-stroke engine with four gears that are operated with the foot. The motorcycle has been available all these years in two versions at the importers "Het Motorpaleis" in Rotterdam and R.A.M.O. in Eindhoven.

Therefore we were somewhat surprised that last month at a press conference, where the commissioning of an assembly plant in Aalst in Belgium was announced, no clearer business connection (dealer organization etc) was made between the already existing 50 cc motorcycles and the new moped with which the production in Aalst begins.

Anyway, Honda-Benelux has big plans. And the version of the moped is new. The moped world has been given a "four-stroke", which is equipped with a semi-automatic clutch and three gears which are operated from the handlebars. Honda is now aiming for the moped driver, after having gained the necessary experience with his 50 cc motorcycles. The price of the Hondabromfiets is f 769.-, sales and service: Honda Motor N. V., Zenostraat 186, Rotterdam.

Source: ANWB, Septembre 1963, Page 516

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[NL] Tijd om het oude forum te verhuizen

Het oude forum van deze website draait al sinds jaren op een andere server, maar voor de eenvoud van de infrastructuur en het maken van backups is het handiger om dit weer samen te voegen op de server waar deze website ook op draait.

Het adres https://archive.4-stroke.net/forum/ blijft gewoon hetzelfde. Ik speel weer met het idee om een forum te openen, maar daar heb ik wel hulp bij nodig. Dus als je het leuk lijkt om een Honda forum te beheren, laat het mij even weten en wellicht starten we de boel weer op!

For the English speaking visitors: Reboot the forum or not? If so, care to help?

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He wants to connect all Honda enthusiasts together...

Edit: fixed link. woops.

The moped; the forgotten alternative

This article is a translation from the original Dutch article that can be found here.

The moped is often forgotten when looking for alternatives to the car. One thinks of public transport and the bicycle. But except for the young, the moped attracts relatively little interest. People don't like the moped for commuting; it's actually wrong and understandable at the same time. Because the moped offers good possibilities, but the jubilant tones that have been eliciting the bike again, especially lately, have never become part of the moped. A moped driver is therefore "someone else".

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The government has also had quite some trouble in a legislative sense with the arrival of the moped in 1947. First not on the bike path, then on, then not always afterwards. Initially no speed limits, then it was, and rightly so. Also that difficult distinction compared to light motorcycles and therefore the yellow picture in front. There was talk about a "driving license", a provisional one that initially everyone would get, but that didn't work out. And so on.

 

The ANWB warned in its "Bromfietskampioen" in 1953: "The emancipation of the moped will be unstoppable". That was true. In 1953: 283,000 mopeds. In 1960 the million was passed. In 1969 almost two million. And now 1 million. So considerably less.
Yet the moped is a practical and cheap means of transport for commuting, weekend tourism and larger holiday trips. It is also important for young people aged 16-18 who, weather permitting, need their moped to transport them to school or other work. That's about 500,000. And let's not forget the importance of mopeds in "the countryside"!

 

One sometimes gets the impression that the possibilities of the moped as an attractive partner among the respective means of transport have been underestimated over the years. That is why we have made a comparison with some ANWB employees, who usually went home and to work by car, bicycle and public transport, with the commute they had maintained with a moped for six months. Of course, the moped has advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages are almost universally known. However, the advantages deserve to be mentioned as well. And to be considered!

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Energy problems and traffic jams

There are two main reasons for the renewed and even completely new interest in mopeds, especially abroad. These are the energy problems and the increasing traffic, especially in urban areas. Especially in America, where the moped only experienced its introduction a few years ago, there is a very strong growing interest in mopeds for these reasons. And there too the government is not very sure what to do with it.

The increasing traffic density, especially in the Randstad conurbation, prompted us to take a closer look at mopeds as an alternative to commuting.

Six ANWB employees, varying in age from 22 to 50 years, were provided with a moped for this purpose, of course with suitable clothing, a helmet and, if necessary, special moped bags. For these people, the distance between home and work, the ANWB office in The Hague, varied from 6 to 27 km (NB: the average length of journeys made by car for commuting is 15 km). The agreement was that each person would decide for himself when and when not to use the moped.

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As the most important disadvantage Wim mentioned the fact that the moped is not taken into account in any way. The traffic facilities on his route were such that he even had to drive a different and dangerous route at a few points, for example due to one-way traffic. The moped had to spend the night in the open air at home because there was no parking space available. This test therefore came to an end because the moped was stolen within two months.

The people and the rides
The greatest distance was covered by Wim van Tilburg (27), traffic expert at the Traffic Department. He lives in Rotterdam and had to drive 27 km before he was at the ANWB office in The Hague. Because of the distance, Wim had access to the most expensive and comfortable moped. A Zündapp KS 50 with four gears. He had always ridden Zündapp before so this was a new acquaintance. The most important difference with the past was the maximum speed of 40 km/h and wearing a crash helmet. Usually Wim went to work by car, an average travel time of 30 to 45 minutes, but this could increase considerably due to traffic jams. The main advantage of the moped was the constant travel time of 50 minutes. So not faster than by car, but with more certainty about the journey time. Furthermore, he managed to achieve the formidably low fuel consumption of 1 : 50.

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Poor visual guidance on bicycle paths

Ton Hendriks (25 years old), also a traffic expert at the ANWB, travelled more than 2000 km by moped at the commuter traffic between Leiderdorp and The Hague, distance 20 km. He rode the only four-stroke moped in the company, a Honda SS50 Z with four gears. Mostly Ton, who strives to use the car as little as possible for commuting, took the bus to The Hague. Because of traffic jams, the journey time, normally 30 minutes, could be as long as over an hour.

When the weather is good, he takes the bike and pedals for three quarters of an hour on a sports bike with 10 gears. He only does this when it is dry and the wind is not too strong. He did not have this limitation on the moped. Rain and wind had no influence because of the good clothing, a Belstaff two-piece motorcycle suit, leather gloves and a full face helmet. Ton greatly appreciated the moped in relation to the bike because of this weather insensitivity.

The most important advantage over the bus was the constant travel time, namely 35 minutes. He didn't mind changing before and after the ride, you get very experienced in this. In good weather the pants of the motorsuit were taken in a small tank bag. The route of Ton consisted for the most part of fairly good (moped) bike paths. Over short sections he had to drive on parallel roads where there was quite a lot of traffic. Here Ton had an accident when a car, coming from a driveway, drove him by splashing a very long bonnet between the parked cars to stabbing. This incident did not prevent him from continuing to ride a moped. The main objection came when the days became shorter. In darkness you are often so seriously blinded on the moped that you lose your orientation completely. Visual guidance on cycle paths is so poor that you regularly end up on the verge or ride over bus stops, for example. This was reason enough for Ton to stop buzzing when he had to ride in the dark both in the morning and in the evening.

Constant travel time

Wim Zonderop (50), head of the household department, also lives in Leiderdorp. When he goes to work by car, he is very dependent on the amount of traffic and traffic jams. The 20 km between home and work takes at least half an hour to travel, which can sometimes exceed an hour. With the Sachs Optima, a fully automatic moped, he always manages to cover the distance within 35 minutes. This very constant travel time is the most important advantage for him. Only in very bad weather he took the car because he also experiences the poor visibility that a moped driver has as very unsafe. Wim generally has good cycle paths with good road surfaces on his route. He does not like the traffic behaviour of others, there is little or no consideration for you.

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Unsafe, remote route
Karen Westhoek (22), is an employee of the Literature department Traffic and Recreation and lives in Zoetermeer. The distance between Zoetermeer and The Hague is 17 km. There are basically four travel options: train, car, moped and bicycle.
Karen chose the car and could then cover the distance in 20 minutes. Sometimes she went by train but had to count on an hour of travel time. She thought the distance was too long to cycle.
Karen got access to a fully automatic moped, the Puch Maxi, and was very enthusiastic in the beginning. This enthusiasm decreased quickly and strongly when she had made the ride by moped several times. She mentioned a few important causes for this. The route was unsafe, uncomfortable and was very remote so she was afraid of bad luck. With the rather small tank it was not impossible that she would be stranded on the way. And the travelling time with the moped was longer than with the car, namely 30 minutes. This was mainly caused by detours, long waiting at some traffic lights and waiting at two dangerous intersections, one at Nootdorp and one at Voorburg. Moreover, Karen did not like to have to take the mode of transport into account when choosing her clothes. In Zoetermeer itself, moped riders are not allowed to ride on most bicycle paths, so Karen had to drive between cars. She also found rain very difficult because of the risk of slippage and poor visibility.

Preference in the city
Thijs Tuurenhout (30 years) is a photographer at the ANWB and lives in Rijswijk at a distance of 8 km. He usually sails along with heavy camera cases and then goes by car. A journey in busy rush hour traffic that takes about 20 to 25 minutes. When the weather is fine Thijs cycles when he doesn't have to drag his equipment along, it takes him half an hour at a leisurely pace. With a moped this doesn't go much faster, travel time about 20 minutes, because most traffic lights have to be waited for, which causes a lot of delay. Thijs got a fully automatic moped, the Batavus M 56 with a large sturdy luggage rack, so he could take his cameras with him. This went well on asphalt paths, but on tile bike paths there was a fear of damage to the equipment.

Thijs chose the moped over the car and the bike when he didn't have to take much with him and when he quickly had to pick up or deliver photo work in the city. For this shopping in busy city traffic, the moped is a good means of transport. The fuel consumption is then, with a lot of stopping and accelerating again 1 : 35.
Thijs found very negative the fact that other road users and road administrators hardly take the moped driver into account. For example, it was decided for a new cycle path in Rijswijk that mopeds are not allowed on it because the residents do not want to. And there you stand between trucks and buses and especially in the dark Thijs did not feel safe there at all.
Storage in the flat was a bit difficult because the box was difficult to reach and already quite full. The moped was therefore placed in the stairwell.
Even more than the others, Thijs experienced the reactions of the environment. You have become "unrecognizable", your friends no longer greet you and they find it very strange that you ride a moped Thijs had a simple remedy for that by immediately telling that it was a "test" and then they found it all very interesting.

More and more detours
Marianne van Wijk (29), employee of the Travel Conditions department, who has been consistently riding mopeds for 13 years, has the most experience with mopeds. She was the only one in the company who only had to exchange a moped, got a Sparta Rocky, also a fully automatic moped, lives in Wassenaar and has been travelling the 6 km with the moped for years.
Asked why she doesn't cycle this distance she mentioned the fact that you can dress better on a moped, so you sit dry and warm; the helmet with visor also provides shelter. Furthermore, she can take a lot of luggage on the moped that she needs on other visits after work. In all weathers she goes to work on the moped and uses the two-wheeler for all other movements. She needs one litre of lubrication for 45 km. In recent years, her range on the moped has been limited to the region of The Hague because the connections with other places in the area have become increasingly poor. Any change in favour of motor vehicles or rail traffic will result in more detours for bicycle and moped traffic.
The connections are becoming increasingly remote, the road is difficult to find and there is a fear of breakdown on the way.
In the evening, even on familiar routes, orientation is very difficult. Marianne asks for lighting of important bicycle and moped connections and planting between motorways and adjacent bicycle and moped paths. In recent years, the willingness to take helmet and clothing with you has diminished. Marianne recently started with driving lessons.

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The advantages of the moped over the car are:
- low fuel consumption namely 1 : 35 a 1 : 50
- no parking problems
- constant travel time
The advantages over public transport are:
- constant travel time without waiting times
- no pre- and on-carriage
The advantages over the bike are:
- Larger ride distances possible
- less sensitive to wind and weather
- more luggage options

Final remarks

When looking for alternatives to commuting by car, in addition to public transport, the main focus is on cycling. However, bicycles are quite sensitive to distance and weather conditions. With distances of 5 to 10 km, the maximum of what most people may want to cover to get to work or home has been reached. Certainly someone who has a car at his disposal has quickly made the choice between car and bike. The moped appears to be less sensitive to distance and weather influences. For distances of 10-20 km, mopeds may play a greater role in commuting in the future than is currently the case. The moped is also suitable for shopping in the city; it is not for nothing that many city delivery services use the moped in particular.

The moped, however, has a lot against it. About a third of all mopeds ride too fast and make too much noise. And in current traffic, mopeds are not exactly a safe means of transport, just like bicycles. With the increase in traffic in urban areas, it is certainly not impossible that mopeds will play a greater role in functional use. Especially now that the moped will develop into a more comfortable means of transport and will also become more environmentally friendly due to better exhaust attenuation and cleaner engines (modern mopeds will consume half the amount of oil in their petrol), this should certainly be taken into account. The advantage of a constant travel time, not hindered by traffic jams, may appeal.

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Bron: De Kampioen, Pagina 146, 147, 148 en 149
Datum: Februari 1980