The Motor Cycle Industry Association has welcomed the news that almost 100 fewer motorcyclists were killed on Britain’s roads in 2008 than in 2007.
“Just” 493 motorcyclists were killed in 2008, the lowest number since 1996 (when 440 riders died) and just 26 more than the 1994-98 average of 467 despite motorcycle use increasing by more than 44% over the same period.
The 16% reduction in motorcycle fatalities compares with a 14% reduction for all road users. The number of riders killed or seriously injured is down 10 percent on 2007, and the total number of motorcycle casualties is 8 per cent lower than in 2007.
The MCIA believes Police BikeSafe schemes, intelligent enforcement based on engagement, engineering improvements based on the IHIE Motorcycling Guidelines and the commitment from trainers to improving standards have all contributed to a safer motorcycling environment.
However, the MCIA says there is no room for complacency and calls for:
– National funding for BikeSafe.
– Implementation of the OECD recommendations that motorcycling must be fully included in transport policy and infrastructure management.
– Commitment to training, not just for motorcyclists but also including a component on awareness and acceptance of motorcyclists in training for all road users.
– The new Safe Road User qualification should include a powered two wheel module and completion of such should entitle young people to take an abridged motorcycle theory test.
– Commitment from highways authorities and local government to work with motorcyclists to develop and implement programmes on safety issues that affect motorcycling communities.