IELTS Advantage/Disadvantage Essay Sample 5 - Transport

In this post, we will look at an advantage/disadvantage essay example from the IELTS writing task 2 test. Students often ask if the questions are repeated year after year and the answer is no, but the topics are. There are so many questions written each year, you may find your practice answering various questions on different topics. For example, you could write essays to answer questions about education or the environment, which benefits you because you learn vocabulary associated with those topics and develop ideas that can help you in your writing test.

Practising writing IELTS task 2 essays on a range of topics is a great way to learn new vocabulary for those topics, but also to practice your essay structures. You begin to develop your ideas around those topics, thinking of examples and giving your opinions.

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Take a look at the IELTS essay example below >>

Many consider that there are a lot of benefits in riding a bike while others think that there are many drawbacks. In my view, I think that there are more pros than cons. Firstly, this essay will discuss the value of using a bicycle and secondly, the detrimental effects of bike riding.

On the one hand, the main advantage of using a bike as your main mode of transportation is that it is very good exercise. It is known to be a great way to burn calories, as well as toning your muscles. This way of travelling can not only be environmentally friendly but help people to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to have consistent exercise during the day. For instance, an article by Health First Magazine in 2016 revealed that daily bike riding is one of the ways health trainers promote shedding excess pounds.

On the other hand, the primary disadvantage of cycling is that it can be dangerous at times. Cyclists often forget to use protective garments that can shield them during unfortunate accidents and as a result, they receive severe injuries. Since cyclists can easily make their way through busy streets they are more prone to causing road accidents because some drivers may not see them. For example, a study by the Manila Traffic Bureau in 2014 reported that 50% of road accidents in Manila involved an altercation between a cyclist and a driver.

In my opinion, I believe that riding a bike has its own set of benefits. Owning a bicycle can help to protect the environment for there are no carbon emissions produced when riding it. Bicycles offer an environmentally friendly way of getting around. For instance, a study by the World Wildlife Fund in 2015 revealed that if most people chose to ride a bike while going to work, this could decrease air pollutants by almost 50%.

In conclusion, bike riding definitely has its advantages. Many people should own a bike for this is an effective way to improving one’s health and at the same time can assist in protecting the environment.

(Word count - 349 / Band score - 8)


  • Task Achievement - The essay provides an answer to the question asked, supported by relevant examples.
  • Coherence and Cohesion - The answer has been divided into clear logical paragraphs and each main body paragraph only has one main idea. There are cohesive links between the main body paragraphs.
  • Lexical Resource - There is evidence of a wide range of vocabulary, with no errors in the text.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy - The answer has no grammatical errors. The sentences have a wide range of structures. 

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