New motorcyclist safety campaign launches
A campaign to demonstrate how infrastructure can improve road safety for motorcycle users has been launched in the European Parliament.
The campaign, ‘Road Infrastructure Safety – The Motorcyclists’ Vision’, was unveiled at an event hosted by Wim van de Camp MEP (pictured). It is backed by a joint report promoting effective and economical preventative measures to protect motorcyclists, including safer manhole covers, properly maintained road surfaces and motorcycle-protective guardrails.
The report demonstrates that, while riders of motorcycles and mopeds only made up 1.8% of traffic in 2017, they accounted for a disproportionate 17% of total road fatalities. It also argues that these measures could significantly improve the safety of motorcycle users and contribute towards the European Union’s objective of a 50% reduction in road fatalities by 2020 established in the Road Safety Action Program 2011-2020.
The Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) and the European Union Road Federation (ERF) hope the campaign will convince policymakers to effect positive changes to legislation in order to establish safer mobility on European roads.
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Picture credit: Wim Taal