A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework
- To create a full working partnership with cycling
- To develop the 0-30 mile mobility paradigm
- To improve citizen mobility choice
- To reduce conflict between cyclists and motorcyclists
- To make progress in shared areas of interest
Summary of Actions
Action 32: Develop New Integrated Two Wheeled Policies to Consider the Shared Issues Between Cyclists and Motorcyclists
Action 33: To Develop a Partnership with the Bicycle Industry
Action 34: To Establish Closer Ties with Cycling User Groups
This Safety and Transport Policy Framework seeks to be inclusive with cycling. Both modes share many of the same issues and a balanced approach to investment in two wheel transport as a whole will be beneficial. This will help reduce the vulnerability of both cyclists and motorcyclists.
It is notable that both modes share a similar proportion of overall road traffic and share similar issues that surround vulnerability and risk, but the differential in policy approach and investment to both could not be wider.
The issue of ‘Door to Door’ journeys is one that requires wider thinking. So far, door to door journeys have been a topic exclusively about bicycles, buses and rail. However, with the advent of ePTWs and the low polluting credentials of smaller commuter motorcycles, it is clear that we can now consider door to door journeys with a much greater distance – and for a much wider audience. The 20 year perspective on how government will tackle congestion and pollution and commuter transport in major cities is something to which the combination of bicycles/E-bikes/low emission motorcycles can make a major contribution.
Motorcycles offer a very flexible transport option, able to cover greater distances than bicycles, and extend the take-up of two wheeled transport, as despite the health benefits, many potential users see physical exertion as a barrier – a factor of an aging population.
Joint working between the MCIA and Bicycle Association (BA) will help local authorities work towards solving the common problem of safety.