The recent OECD Motorcycle Conference held in Lillehammer has developed a list of the top 20 countermeasures to imporve the safety of the global population of 313 million powered two wheelers.
Develop a tiered approach to motorcycle training which builds upon exiting standards, focusing on risk awareness and risk avoidance, understand the limits of the rider/motorcycle capacities
2. Fundamental – PTW (powered two wheelers) must have a place in transport policy and infrastructure policy/management and shall be considered by default.
3. Research and evaluation
Counter measures need to be based on good quality research in driver and rider behaviour and evaluations should be conducted.
Include in general training for all drivers, a component on awareness and acceptance of motorcyclists, appropriate information seeking strategies.
5. Manufacturers should continue to introduce advanced (better) braking systems.
6. Get safety messages to the riders.
Partner with rider groups to develop and campaign to riders on issues that will impact their communities.
7. Integrated awareness campaigns
Implement regular, targeted campaigns addressing both motorcyclists and other road users that includes protective equipment, mutual respect, speed and alcohol and drug use issues, etc. Whenever possible these campaigns should be supported by other actions (such as enforcement).
8. Individual authorities shall develop guidance for accommodating PTWs relative to their jurisdiction’s needs, drawing from best practice, in conjunction with each other, and with input from relevant stakeholders.
9. Portray responsible riding
Expect industry to promote and market motorcycling responsibly (advertising / marketing codes) and expect riding communities to promote responsible behaviour codes.
10. OVD awareness
Set up education activities and campaigns from childhood that “road safety = road sharing”.
11. Develop training for road designers, highway and traffic engineers about PTW
12. Protective equipment
Promote and develop standards for protective equipment, taking into account performance, comfort, ergonomy and costs, that are appropriate for the regions where they would be used.
13. Policy dialogue
Formalize meetings between motorcycle stakeholders and policy makers/road authorities (forums, councils, etc) to exchange views, discuss needs and secure proportionate financing/resources for safety counter measures.
14. Identification and rectification of roadway improvements (black spot & corridor analysis) include the input of PTW rider organizations and relevant experts.
15. Enhanced awareness of motorcycles should be incorporated in development of vehicle ITS
Encourage policy makers to work with stakeholders to test and evaluate specific and innovative measures to promote motorcycle safety.
17. ITS intelligent speed warning systems should be encouraged.
18. Global Technical Regulations should be the basis of motorcycling minimum performance standards.
19. WORK TOGETHER!
20. Automatic Headlights On should be standard.
See these links for more info:http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/ http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/jtrc/safety/Lillehammer2008/lillehammer08.html