CEO Steve Kenward elaborated on the MCIA’s ‘safety strategy’ at the National Safer Roads Partnerships’ Conference today. The conference, held in Manchester, brought together professionals from road safety partnerships, police forces, local authorities, government officials, academics and road safety charities. They heard how ‘volume breeds safety’ where motorcycles are concerned. This draws on research from Europe which shows a correlation between greater use of powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and lower rates of serious accidents. Where 10% or more of vehicles on the road are motorcycles, mopeds or scooters there is a proportionate reduction in rider fatalities. There is also a growing body of evidence that those who start their driving careers on a motorcycle make better car drivers too.
With congestion set to get worse, Steve Kenward will argue that encouraging more people onto motorcycles will result in a ‘virtuous circle’ leading to better road users.
An increase in motorcycle use has been proven to keep traffic flowing too. A study which models traffic for one of the busiest roads in Europe concluded that congestion was reduced for all road users by 40%, if just 10% of drivers swap to a PTW. Congestion is eliminated completely when that number increases to 25%.
You can read about the research here.