A very encouraging initiative came from the Motorcycle Industry Association and the Association of Chief Police Officers today.
Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework was devised in response to the slow-down in crash statistics for motorcycles in the UK.
Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework was devised in response to the slow-down in crash statistics for motorcyclesin the UK.
The document, which can be read in its entirety here, acknowledges the benefits of two-wheeled transportation in convenience, economy and ecological friendliness. This initiative takes the stance that an effective way to enhance motorcycle safety is to encourage the use of these vehicles. During the 2008 Lillehammer safety conference, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) stated: “The first and most important step is to recognise motorcycling’s place within society and the overall transport system.” (Let’s hear a round of applause).
A study in Belgium examined the effects of drivers shifting to motorcycles and scooters on one of Europe’s busiest roads. If found that if just 10% of drivers opted for two-wheeled transport, congestion was reduced for everybody by 40%. If 25% of drivers were to move to two-wheeled transport, congestion would be eliminated altogether!
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