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European Council: ‘Motorcycle Safety Must Be Part Of Road Safety Procedures’

The European ministers for transport have agreed to reform and strengthen road infrastructure management rules at a recent meeting held in Brussels.

The Council of the European Union agreed its position to strengthen road infrastructure management to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries.

The reform of the Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive will extend the scope of the current rules to motorways and other primary roads beyond the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). This will contribute significantly to the improvement of road infrastructure safety across the European Union. The directive would also cover roads outside urban areas that are built using EU funding (which is something FEMA has been lobbying for extensively).

It will become mandatory to take account of vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists in road safety management procedures.

The proposal introduces a network-wide road safety assessment, which is a snapshot of the entire road network covered by the directive used to evaluate accident risk. Authorities will use the findings to carry out more targeted road safety inspections or take direct remedial action. It will become mandatory to take systematic account of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and other users of powered two-wheelers in road safety management procedures. These road users accounted for almost half of road fatalities in the EU in 2017.

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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.”

New THINK campaign no laughing matter

World superbike rider Chaz Davies and comedian Alan Davies both feature in the latest THINK! campaign which encourages riders to undertake further training to improve their safety.

In the films, Chaz  and Alan are joined by eight regular riders completing a further training course that covers key principles of advanced riding, using a planned system of riding, positioning, speed and observation.

Chaz who despite racing bikes since 1995 only took his road test this summer, said: “You really are never too good to be a better rider – it’s as simple as that. I’ve been working for 15 years to try and be better on the track and that applies on the road as well.

“There are so many more variables on the road and I think people can get a little bit over confident, but you are never too good. You never know what’s around the corner.

“The training really got me thinking. The instructors pre-empted every situation that I spotted a couple of seconds later. It really showed me the importance of being one step ahead and reading the road.”

The campaign comprises a series of short films which will be released throughout September on the THINK BIKER Facebook page and on YouTube.

FirstBike magazine launched

A new magazine for young PTW riders has been launched. FirstBike magazine, produced by the publishers of the established FirstCar magazine for young drivers, is aimed at 16-25 year old non-enthusiast scooter, PTW and moped riders.

The 52 pages of A5 size content cover issues such as getting started with the CBT, choosing a bike, safety gear/PPE, maintenance, security and developing road skills.

James Evans, publisher, said: “We’ve been publishing a ‘two-wheel’ section within FirstCar magazine for several years, with lots of support from readers and the motorcycle industry.

“That’s why we decided it was worthy of being its own title, and have created FirstBike magazine.”

FirstBike is available now for road safety teams to purchase at 60p per copy. To order or for more information contact James Evans on 0845 130 8853.

Eurorap publish 2013 results

New EuroRAP Report measures and maps the risk of death and serious injury road uses face on the British network where the majority of lives are lost – on motorways and ‘A’ roads outside cities. It shows road travel is getting measurably safer, particularly because of improving vehicle safety But it highlights that Risk to road users is now 7 times greater on single carriageway A roads than motorways