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9.0 Motorcycle & Road Safety Audit

9.1 Introduction

Road Safety Audits (RSA) are a systematic assessment made by trained, experienced road safety practitioners of the potential safety issues of proposed schemes.

There is no exhaustive checklist for accounting for motorcycles in RSA work. Nor does anyone expect an RSA practitioner to undertake motorcycle training in order to understand the needs of riders (although real experience of all road user groups will all ways help).

Gaining a better understanding of the safety problems likely to face motorcyclists includes:
• Awareness of the common characteristics of motorcycle crashes
• Awareness of the more severe implications for riders of hazards that affect all road users
• Awareness of the road dynamics of motorcycles and the safety implications of their relationship to road surface properties, street furniture and obstructions
• The different problems faced by riders in the urban and rural environments
• Informing RSA practice by discussions with local motorcycle forums or internal discussions with colleagues who ride
• Road Safety Audits on larger schemes may include a rider to advise the audit team