A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework
- By providing a safer road network for motorcyclists, reduce the number of collisions involving PTWs
- Where collisions do occur, to reduce the seriousness of the resulting injury
- Ensure that when we improve our roads, the latest developments in safer motorcycle infrastructure are considered
- Raise awareness and promote use of motorcycle safety guidance for road traffic engineers (such as the IHE Guidelines for Motorcycling, 2014), and seek to ensure that established best practice and emerging technology is considered in future guidance on road design, construction and maintenance
- Seek to secure appropriate investment in motorcycle safety thereby improving safety and making motorcycling a more accessible and viable transport solution
Summary of Actions
Action 24: To Establish Better Roads Infrastructure Policy to Reduce Rider Vulnerability and Improve Accessibility
Action 25: To Conduct Detailed Case Studies of Provision of Safer Motorcycle Infrastructure, Reviewing the Effect on (a) PTW Casualties and (b) Other User Groups. Examples of Best Practice to be Widely Disseminated
Action 26: To Promote and Stimulate an Appropriate Level of Investment in Safer Infrastructure for Motorcyclists, Delivering a Safer, More Sustainable Experience for Customers
This theme draws upon Highways England’s position and responsibility for managing improving and operating the strategic road network. For the first time since the original Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework was launched in 2014, there is a now a direct link to the resources which can influence the safety of infrastructure on the network with specific regard to powered two-wheelers.
Highways England are engaged in a number of initiatives to improve the strategic road network. This activity is being carried out in support of the five year Health and Safety plan with specific actions addressing vulnerable road users and specifically motorcyclists. These actions are linked to the safe systems approach.
Action 78: Identify the factors involved in causing vulnerable user casualties and the associated measures which can be developed to reduce risk. A key focus will be Powered Two Wheelers.9
Highways England’s Motor Cycle Working Group is ideally placed to contribute to this theme. Ongoing work towards their own action plan will complement and support many of the actions within this framework. Close partnership working will ensure that there is no duplication of effort and that the combined resources of the group are effectively focussed on delivering a safer, more sustainable experience for customers.