A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework
The safety experience of higher levels of motorcycle traffic in different European countries is illustrated in the table below. It illustrates that when motorcycle use increases to 10% of the vehicle stock, sharp falls in casualties start to occur.
Comparison of PTW Ownership and Fatalities
(Source: International Road Traffic and Accident Database, OECD – to 2012/13)
The table below also illustrates that more motorcycling tends to lead to casualty reduction in absolute terms.
Evolution of EU Motorcycle Fatalities 2001 vs 2011
(Source: International Road Traffic and Accident Database, OECD)
Additionally, the motorcycle safety experience in London and the Home Counties, coupled with the fortunes of the motorcycle market, reveals that when there is a growth market, casualties fall.
Therefore, contrary to traditional thinking on the issue, a case exists to suggest that if the motorcycle usage is supported in an appropriate manner, particularly as part of the commuter transport paradigm, direct safety positives can be the result.
The fundamental and primary goal of this framework is to reduce casualties. Unlike previous exercises in this area, stakeholders will be encouraged to look outside the box and consider such matters as the impact of parc volumes when it comes to devising measures to reduce casualties.
South East Motorcycle Market vs Motorcycle Casualties
South East PTW Market & London Safety
The chart above reveals how the largest market area, London and the SE, reacts in safety terms to changes in motorcycle market fortunes. It is notable that casualties fell at a reasonable rate during the last period of a riding market (2005-2008) but slowed or even increased when the market fell after the economic downturn began.