The European Motorcyclists' Forum - October 3rd, Cologne, Germany
A joint effort by the European Commission and the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations, the European Motorcyclists' Forum is a platform for discussion on safety, mobility and the future of two-wheel transport in Europe.
October 3rd, 2012
Venue: Kölnmesse exhibition area, Conference-Centrum North, Cologne, Germany [map]
A joint effort by the European Commission and the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations, the European Motorcyclists' Forum is a platform for discussion on safety, mobility and the future of two-wheel transport in Europe. The Forum is an event open to all stakeholders interested in two-wheel mobility.
The three keynote speakers:
- Claes Tingvall, Swedish Director of Road Safety and father of the Vision Zero concept, presented his experience working with motorcyclists;
- Robbert Verweij, Senior Policy Adviser at the Dutch Ministry of Transport, explained how the Netherlands have set up an Motorcycling Action Plan involving motorcycle safety stakeholders;
- Liz de Rome, Senior Researcher at Neuroscience Research Australia, presented the latest key outcomes of motorcycle safety research in Australia, with a special focus on training, infrastructure, and human behavior.
Two panels allowed for open discussion: "Training and licencing - the right approach" and "Improved infrastructure standards: a tool for local road safety" featuring panelists from Europe and Australia.
The event has seen the launch of multiple initiatives of the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations: a new training and licensing approach to improve the safety of novice riders; a European-wide survey for mapping motorcyclist habits and practice; an online guide to the installation of motorcyclist-friendly roadside barriers for local authorities; and comprehensive Roadside Barrier Guidelines promoting good practices.
Participants to the Forum receive free passes to the opening night of INTERMOT, Europe's largest motorcycle, scooter and bicycle fair