FIM Position: MOTORCYCLE SAFE SYSTEMS
Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme
Safe systems are an approach to road safety management, based on the principle that our lives and health should not be compromised by our need to travel. Motorcycle safe systems are especially aimed at the needs of motorcyclists. Road safety is a basic right of all road users. In the Lillehammer ITF/OECD conference in 2008 it was clarified that it is a fundamental motorcycle safety requirement that motorcycles should have a place in overall transport policy and infrastructure policy management. Motorcyclists are not always included in road safety programs. Infrastructure and road furniture are often not developed with the motorcyclists needs taken into account. Because motorcyclists have no protective cage like car drivers, accident prevention measures are even more important than injury reduction measures. Next to infrastructure issues there is need for better basic and advanced training for motorcyclists, because in general the training is still overly focused on technical skills and less on risk awareness. Another aspect that needs attention is the development of ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) for cars without considering motorcycles.
How motorcycle safe systems should be improved
- Improving safety for motorcyclists implies setting up a continuous dialogue and co-operation between the stakeholders, including motorcyclists themselves, policy makers, researchers and motorcycle manufacturers
- Counter measures need to be founded on evidence-based scientific research into driver and rider behaviour, and before-and-after evaluations should be conducted.
- Accident prevention measures are even more important than injury reduction measures.
- Funding effective road safety activities.
- Launching public awareness campaigns for drivers and riders.
- Better training systems for riders with focus on risk awareness, risk avoidance and risk management.
- Safer infrastructure, especially roadside- and median barriers if they cannot be avoided.
- Make motorcycles safer by use of appropriate intelligent transport systems.
- ITS developments for cars and trucks should always include motorcycles and other road users.
- (C-)ITS devices for other vehicles should always be developed keeping in mind that powered two-wheelers often are not equipped with (C-)ITS devices.