A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework
The objective of this framework is to achieve motorcycle casualty reduction through a range of established safety techniques, coupled with full inclusion of PTWs within government and local authority transport policy and practice. As illustrated during the MCIA/NPCC safety conference at the DfT in November 2013, taking the two issues together will create a positive multiplier in terms of casualty reduction, which could if anything be accelerated if more people decide to ride motorcycles.
Therefore two philosophies underpin the framework themes:
Reducing rider risk and casualties:
- Via established motorcycle safety techniques – training, safety, research and active initiatives (BikeSafe etc, intelligence–led enforcement and annual campaigns).
- Changing attitudes through government and industry activity in support of motorcycles as transport.
- Utilising developing technologies to enable riders to enhance skills, learn about road conditions and be more quickly located in collision situations.
- The use of data and application of ‘Safe Systems’ engineering knowledge from within Highways England to understand the infrastructure contribution to both collision avoidance and injury mitigation.
Reducing rider vulnerability through full motorcycle integration in transport and other government policies:
- Vulnerability reduction through positive inclusion into government transport policy and associated actions relating to infrastructure measures and accessibility in particular.
- Recognising the motorcycle role in reduced congestion and pollution.
- Recognising the motorcycle role in reduced transport costs to the consumer.
- Recognising the motorcycle role in greater transport efficiency.
- More industry engagement in society.
- Education, incentivisation, shared synergies with cycling.