Today road engineers use the terms, “Vision Zero” or “the Safe System.”
This is a concept pioneered in Sweden which is based on the vison of zero road deaths. With one million three hundred thousand people dying every year on the world’s roads we are very far from that vision.
This, “vision” is based on the concept that everyone is a partner in this process and that road users must obey the rules and that if they do so the way the road is designed any mistake will not result in death or life changing injury.
In terms of road design the changes are often low cost ones and can be applied in any country.
Motorcycling is not always considered by engineers which is why manuals such as the one produced by Transport for London are useful.*
FIM is holding discussions with the Swedish authorities – with the help of the Swedish Motorcyclists Association (SMC). The aim is to host an International Transport Forum workshop on motorcycling and Vision Zero in 2018.
The ITF is an inter-governmental organisation which is independent. It is hosted and administered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at their headquarters in Paris.
The ITF held a conference on motorcycling safety in Lillehammer, Norway in 2008. This led to the ITF report which was launched at the FIM policy debate in Brussels in 2015.
*Transport for London Urban Motorcycle Design Handbook