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ACPO and MCIA believe more Motorcycles will make riding safer

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have launched ‘Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; a motorcycle safety and transport policy framework’, which has been developed in response to a slowdown in the reduction in rider casualties.

ACPO and MCIA say “encouraging rather than discouraging motorcycling should contribute to better safety outcomes”, pointing to European data which shows that when a greater percentage of traffic is made up of motorcycles, mopeds or scooters, riders are less likely to be involved in an accident.The policy document calls for motorcycles to be included in mainstream transport policy and sets out a framework of practical recommendations addressing how this might be achieved.

The partners also say there is a “growing body of evidence” which shows that if more people started their road careers on a motorcycle, scooter or moped, this would lead to improvements in driver behaviour towards all vulnerable road users.Measures called for in the paper include: education for all road users; one theory test for all road users (currently there are different tests for motorcyclists and car drivers); compulsory road user awareness lessons within the school curriculum; and a culture of post-test training for all vehicle modes.

Copies of the policy can be found in the Guidelines resources section

REALRIDER® crash detection App wins Prince Michael Road Safety Award

HRH Prince Michael presented the award to REALsafe® co-founders Zoe Farrington and Andrew Richardson for their work in developing the industry-first crash detection app REALRIDER®

As featured in the IHE Guidelines for Motorcycling the REALRIDER® safety app for motorcyclists detects if a rider has crashed and sends location and medical information directly to the NHS ambulance control room. The app has been piloted as a UK-wide initiative in partnership with the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, John Rowland, the Trust’s control room systems and resilience specialist, said: “REALRIDER® is a game-changing application – the first of its kind in the UK. “Its technology allows us to locate patients in potentially life-threatening situations with speed and accuracy, which is vitally important in saving lives.” Andrew Richardson said: “We are a little overwhelmed and extremely grateful to have been acknowledged at such an illustrious ceremony. “Having been recognised earlier this year for the success of REALsafe® Technologies as a business, this extremely important award underpins the very reason we took REALRIDER® to market – to save lives.”