Joining together to improve rider safety
Highways England, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) have joined forces to create a “sustainable environment for safer motorcycling and for motorcycling to develop as part of UK transport policy”.
The three organisations have jointly written a white paper titled Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity: A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework. It is the 3rd edition of the paper, this time with Highways England as a new partner.
The Framework explains the benefits that motorcycles provide to congestion and calls for them to be included in mainstream transport policy. It also emphasises the importance of rider safety to be considered in road design.
The paper groups these in seven significant areas:
- Road user awareness
- Motorcycles as a practical solution
- Safer infrastructure
- Benefits of motorcycling
- Engagement in society
- Partnerships with cycling
Karen Cole, MCIA’s Director of Safety and Training, said:
“For too long, motorcyclists have been at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of priority for traffic management and road planners. It is important to recognise the transport choice of riders and address their needs appropriately.”
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Kathrine Wilson-Ellis and Stuart Lovatt, leaders of the Highways England Motorcycle Working Group, at the launch of Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework 3rd edition (photo by Anna Zee)