Motorcycle accidents in urban areas typically involve another vehicle and often occur in situations where the rider has priority:
• Check that side road sight lines for emerging drivers at junctions do not “hide” motorcycle riders, especially those on lower-powered machines, who tend to ride nearer to the kerb.
Check that skid resistance at junctions is appropriate, especially where a change in junction control is being made, for example from a priority junction to a signalised junction.
• Check that lane widths are appropriate, especially nearside lanes on multi-lane single and dual carriageways.
This is important in areas governed by a 40mph speed limit, where mopeds (limited to 30mph) can be swamped by passing traffic, especially where there are high numbers of HGV.
• Check that traffic calming schemes take account of the needs and vulnerabilities of motorcyclists (Chapter 8).