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IHIE Guidelines

In April 2005 the IHIE (Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers) published its authoritative guidelines setting out comprehensive, practical guidance for highway engineers, traffic engineers, road safety officers and transport planners on providing a safer transport environment for motorcycles, mopeds and scooters.

The IHIE’s Guidelines give local authority engineers and their consultants and contractors practical advice on how the different characteristics of motorcycling can be recognised and addressed in highway and traffic design and management.

Integrating motorcycles into transport policies and strategies
Travel plans
Parking provision
Highway design
Highway maintenance
Traffic calming
Road safety audit
Road safety campaigns

More details on the guidelines on the IHIE website

European Agenda for Motorcycle Safety - Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA)

While in agreement with the overall objective of improving road safety, as a citizens’ organization, FEMA has concerns about the approach often taken by public authorities both in general terms and more specifically regarding motorcycle safety.

Indeed, achieving the target of reducing the number of fatalities by half in Europe by 2010 has become a quasi corporate target for the European Union and its Member States. Reaching set targets within a specific time constraint is unquestionably important, but the measures to be implemented need to be carefully assessed and should not have a negative impact on any road user.

Improving road safety is a common objective and FEMA firmly believes that every life, whether a car driver, a motorcyclist, a cyclist or a pedestrian, is worth the same.

Saving lives of one category of road users at the cost of raising the risk, and therefore the number of fatalities of another, is simply ethically unacceptable for FEMA members.

FEMA and its members are therefore working to ensure a holistic approach to road safety, taking into account all road users.

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.

The EAMS is aimed at providing legislators, decision makers, and all stakeholders dealing with motorcycle safety, with a brief summary of why motorcycle accidents happen from a rider’s perspective and recommendations on how to improve motorcycle safety in some selected areas of particular concern.

European Agenda for Motorcycle Safety Here pdf 4mb

Guidelines For PTW – Safer Road Design In Europe

Almost a year later ACEM - The Motorcycle Industry In Europe launched in own motorcycle guidelines describing the specific needs of riders.

The handbook describes the specific needs of riders and contains guidelines for those responsible for road design and road maintenance. It includes recommendations and examples from all over Europe.

Predictable road geometry can be achieved by a good road design with consistent, clear traffic signs and road markings, and by improving traffic management, PTW riders can be better guided on the road.

In addition to road design and traffic management two other aspects have been included in this handbook: the use of a formalised and systematic assessment of road facilities and road safety campaigns considering PTWs, both are a vital ingredient in a mix of initiatives to address PTW safety.

Download the guidelines Here pdf 433kb

National Motorcycle Strategy

Published in February 2005 the the national motorcycle strategy encompasses important initiatives including: better training to take skills to a higher level; improving rider and driver attitudes and behaviour; improved motorbike design; better designed infrastructure and smarter traffic management.

The principal aim of the strategy is to ‘mainstream’ motorcycling, so that all the organisations involved in the development and implementation of transport policy recognise motorcycling as a legitimate and increasingly popular mode of transport.

However chapter four is specific to Infrastructure and Traffic Management, “Infrastructure needs to be designed and maintained taking into account the needs of motorcyclists.”

Download the National Motorcycle Strategy Document Here pdf 343KB

Advisory Group on Motorcycling - Report to Government 2004 Here pdf 266kb

Scotland Gets Motorcycle Guidance

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG UK) welcomes the Scottish Executive's publication of the ' Motorcycling in Scotland - Guidance for Local Authorities' document which was released in July 2007.

The document will have far reaching benefits to motorcyclists and highlights the excellent work carried out on behalf of riders by MAG Scotland’s Regional Representative, Steve Wykes and the motorcycling community working in partnership with the Scottish Executive.

The guidance recognises motorcycling as a legitimate form of transport which has clear benefits to society by helping to reduce traffic congestion, reduce environmental damage and increase social mobility.

The guidance also recognises the special needs of motorcycling, in particular, safety policy, secure parking, access to Bus Lanes and Advance Stop Lines. The report strongly recommends Local Authorities to establish motorcycle forums as a means of engaging motorcyclists to help inform local transport plans.

'Motorcycling in Scotland - Guidance for Local Authorities' can be download Here pdf

Viewed on the Scottish Executive website Here

Road To Success - Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations (FEMA)

The booklet aims to give an overview of the projects that have been successfully carried out in a number of European countries, but it will also describe the difficulties and obstacles that motorcyclists' organisations encounter.

Finally we will list conclusions and recommendations to assist politicians, road authorities and motorcyclists' organizations in order to implement successful policies with the aim of improving the safety of motorcyclists by improving crash barriers.

This booklet has been written and compiled by a working group of representatives from three FEMA member organisations, using information and data provided by all 22 member organisations. The authors wish to thank all those involved, for their help and for their efforts to improve road safety for motorcyclists.

FEMA “Road to Success” Here

AIA Asphalt Industry Alliance


The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) Survey collects information from local authorities regarding frequency and standards of maintenance, funding and other related issues such as road safety. The information is collected confidentially and analysed independently.

The 2007 ALARM Survey is the twelfth to be published and is based on a higher level of response than ever before. It reports a shortfall in road structural budget of over 1 billion across England and Wales. 

The continuing shortfall is leading to an emphasis on reactive maintenance and is causing concern among highway engineers over road user safety.

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