THE FUTURE OF MOTORCYCLING
HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE MCIA SURVEY
The UK is groaning under the weight of traffic which its ageing and pothole-ridden roads are being expected to carry. That is a fact which nobody can deny. And the main cause of the problem is cars – lots and lots and lots of them all going somewhere very important, ceaselessly every day and making lots of pollution, lots of traffic jams and causing lots of wear and tear on the road surfaces. So given that there are a lot of people living here and they all need to go somewhere all the time, how could this problem possibly be alleviated? There is something which could help a lot – it’s the increasing use of the motorcycle! For reasons too numerous to count, the Powered Two Wheeler or PTW– known to you and me as the motorcycle, could be the key to solving many traffic problems.
And this is something which has been being considered recently in high places. The All Party Motorcycle Group met on the 8th December 2014, with the MCIA and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and jointly launched ‘Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity: A Motorcycle Safety and Transport Policy Framework’.
This document aims to address road traffic issues and seek solutions to some of the current problems. Currently motorcycles are over represented in road traffic accident figures. Historically the government introduced the 1981 Transport Act in an attempt to solve this problem by making it harder to get a motorcycle licence with the idea of reducing the number of motorcycles on the road. There was no thought put into post test training and no training of other road users took place either.
Subsequent evidence from other countries where motorcycles form a much higher percentage of the traffic on the roads, shows that more rather than less motorcycling in fact leads to greater motorcycle safety and the risk of accidents falls sharply once motorcycles have reached 10% of the private vehicles on the road.
The use of motorcycles, particularly as urban transport, is looking very likely to rise in the coming years as cities grow and populations rise. In an urban environment the motorcycle is far and away the best way of getting around. They use less fuel, they are not trapped in traffic jams but can weave through congested streets and they are easy to park when the destination is reached. They are also beneficial for all, particularly those who live in cities as they create less pollution and contribute less to wear and tear on road surfaces.
Here are the major themes which are explored in the document and the MCIA would be really interested in your thoughts. So if you would like to fill in their survey there is a link to the MCIA page so you can download the full document and to the survey at the bottom of this page.
•Theme One: Road User Awareness
•Theme Two: Educate to Deliver
•Theme Three: Motorcycles as a Practical Solution
•Theme Four: Unlocking the Benefits of Motorcycling
•Theme Five: Better Motorcycle Industry Engagement in Society
•Theme Six: Partnership with Cycling
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