Parliamentary launch for whitepaper to make roads safer for motorcyclists


A whitepaper which sets out how motorcycles can help reduce congestion and what needs to be done to make roads safer for riders will be launched today (Wednesday 23rd November) at a parliamentary reception.

Guests of the All Parliamentary Motorcycle Group will hear how a new partnership has been formed between Highways England, the National Police Chiefs Council and the Motorcycle Industry Association to achieve this.

Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity, A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework calls for motorcycles and scooters to be included in mainstream transport policy and for rider safety to be consistently factored into national road design, which has not been the case in the past.  

Seven key areas have been identified, which would make roads safer for riders, along with actions as to how this can be achieved practically. These include safer infrastructure, expanding road user education, increasing awareness and training and working in partnership with cycle groups.

As Highways England manages over 4000 miles of English motorways and major A roads it is able to make physical changes to roads to make them safer for riders.  It has also formed working parties to encourage learners to take more training and for more riders to wear protective clothing.

You can read a full press release about the launch and partnership here.