Hazards Across Europe
Motorcyclists across Europe face the same hazards in whatever country they ride.
The Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) report the European Agenda for Motorcycling (EAMS) brings together the issues riders face in the chapter - Environmental Issues.
The EAMS intention is to contribute to the road safety debate, providing stakeholders with the motorcyclists’ expertise and real needs. The document emphasizes that motorcycles and motorcyclists have different characteristics from other vehicles and their drivers and identifies the specific needs of motorcyclists that must be addressed along with those of other road users.
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Views and recommendations of FEMA.
- As riding defensively and with anticipation is of crucial importance for motorcyclists, riders need to concentrate on the traffic environment rather than on the road surface quality.
- Today, road design, maintenance and construction are generally directed towards the needs of multi-wheel vehicles (car, buses, and commercial vehicles), with the needs of motorcycles often addressed as an afterthought or not taken into consideration.
Basic motorcycle needs for an improved road network include good adhesion whatever the weather conditions, clear information, good mutual visibility, and minimum risk of impact against obstacles.
- Road restraint systems have so far been designed and tested to protect all categories of motorized vehicles, except motorcycles.
- Specific road sections are, for whatever reasons, notorious for causing motorcycle accidents. However, road conditions posing hazards to motorcyclists are rarely signposted, simply because these conditions do not pose hazards to the majority of roadusers.
- Riders are the first to recognize hazardous conditions for motorcyclists, and in several European countries, the motorcyclists' organizations have designed and utilized a Road Hazard Report Forms. FEMA would be prepared to participate in a working group aimed at creating a uniform European Road Hazard Report Form.
- Collisions associated with A-pillars are significantly more likely to occur at T-junctions and are more likely to involve car drivers failing to see vulnerable road users.
- As telematics develops and become standardized in order to improve traffic flow, the information provided should also be made available to motorcyclists.
- All standards need to be revised and developed to reflect the needs of motorcyclists, encouraging motorcycle-friendly design, construction and maintenance procedures.
Quality audits, in which the needs of motorcyclists are included, should be undertaken on a regular basis.
- National governments should promote the use of motorcycle-friendly infrastructure guidelines when they exist, and develop such literature where it is missing.
- Road authorities should place specific signposting (combination of existing traffic signs), particularly aimed at warning motorcyclists of hazards.
- At the same time, public road authorities should at the same time look into the circumstances creating these "Black Spots" and when identified, take measures to improve conditions.
- Europe should develop and deploy a uniform, Pan-European Road Hazard Report Form, as an instrument of assistance to public roads authorities.
- Europe should promote best practices for road construction and maintenance
- The European Commission should support FEMA’s work in CEN in order to develop a European motorcycle-friendly standard for road restraint systems quickly, and encourage the use of motorcycle friendly protective barriers at national level.
EU and national Research authorities should ensure that motorcycles are also included in traffic management schemes using telematics.
- Road authorities should adjust traffic codes to the needs of the motorcyclist (access to bus and reserved lanes, filtering, double stop lines, etc.) as part of a new strategic approach to the problem of urban mobility. The Green Paper on Urban Transport is a key opportunity to harmonize positive motorcycle-friendly measures throughout Europe.
- Consideration for motorcycles should be incorporated into the design of other vehicles.
- UNECE forum should review safety rules on visibility to tackle the problem caused by Apillar with regards to the conspicuity of vulnerable road users.