Grant agreement

The work presented in this document is supported by the European Union’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport – Directorate C: Innovative & sustainable mobility (C.4 Road Safety) (Grant agreement MOVE/C4/SUB/2010-125/SI2.603201/RIDERSCAN). The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) and it does not represent the opinion of the European Union and the European Union is not responsible or liable for any use that might be made of information contained herein.

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About RIDERSCAN

The challenges of motorcyclist safety

The safety of motorcyclists - and their protection against the risk and consequences of an accident - is a subject of paramount importance, not only for motorcyclists, but for the community in general. While the number of motorcyclist deaths has been steadily decreasing over the last two decades, the dip has been slower than for other road users, in part due to the increase in fleet size that occurred over the same time period.

The need to work on improving motorcycle safety has been recognized by the United Nations in its Declaration for a Decade of Action for Road Safety [link], by the OECD (2008 Lillehammer conference), by the motorcyclist community (2010 European Motorcyclists’ Forum) and by the European Commission [link], who committed to improve research and technical development aimed at increasing motorcyclist safety.

The RIDERSCAN project - scanning tour for motorcycle safety - is designed to address this issue, by collecting information to allow for the first time a comparison of situations, fleets, populations and policies between countries and regions across Europe.

The 3-year project will gather existing knowledge, identify needs and disseminate the collected information to relevant stakeholders to promote motorcycle safety throughout Europe. It will report on areas for European action (legislation, standardization, research and political needs), but also publish conclusions to stakeholders at national level. So doing, the project expects to foster a new dynamic among road safety stakeholders by advancing knowledge, enhancing communication and better cooperation between the various areas related to motorcycle safety.

Tasks

Review of existing information (Work Package 2)

The project will focus on reviewing existing EU documentation on motorcycle safety and motorcycling characteristics, the identification of the needs for further investigation (safety topics, data collection, contacts), and the planning of the related work to be undertaken from Brussels and in EU Member States in relation with 8 motorcycle safety areas (training/testing/licensing (1), data collection/statistics (2), infrastructure (3), accident reporting (4), research (5), traffic management(6), awareness campaigns(7), national strategies (8)).

Information will come from EU motorcycle-related projects, transport stakeholders documentation (including existing national strategies), motorcycle safety working groups, conferences and workshops (including INRETS symposium, Lillehammer workshop, IFZ Conferences), motorcycle community expertise, and all other relevant sources.

Collection of complementary information (Work Package 3)

The project will identify missing information and find the appropriate contacts at national level (making use of FEMA and partners’ network, Commission’s contacts, but also the motorcycle community’s large network) in the 8 safety fields. To collect the missing information needed where available, the project will make use of relevant tools such as meeting with relevant stakeholders from Member States, online surveys, networking, etc.

Data review and identification of best practices and needs - Reporting (Work Package 4)

The project will report about the information collected with 8 deliverables in relation with the 8 safety topics identified in WP2, and attempt to provide the best overview possible of the available EU knowledge per EU country, and per policy actions.

Presentation of the project outcomes to relevant stakeholders (Work Package 5)

The project will disseminate the outcomes at EU and national levels (including EU Parliament and Council) along with the usual FEMA’s dissemination channels (e.g. website, newsletter, Assemblies, conferences and other motorcycle events), and networks set up in the process of the project (e.g. motorcycle press, transport press, motorcycle safety related networks).

The project outcomes will also be disseminated to road safety working groups and ongoing projects, along with all possible events where motorcycle safety is addressed.

Subject to specific sponsor funding, reports on comparison between European and other relevant OECD countries and/or motorcycle specific pattern (such as work-related use) could be included and further disseminate in this work package.

Deliverables

The results of the project will be published as project deliverables. Click here for the full list of deliverables.

Project coordination

The project is coordinated by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) in Brussels. FEMA, active in supporting motorcyclist-oriented initiatives since 1988, has had extensive experience in promoting education and training, rider-friendly infrastructure design and maintenance, updated standards for roadside barriers, as well as contributing to the integration of motorcyclists in the drafting and implementation of transport policies, mobility plans, and deployment of intelligent transport systems for safety. In addition, FEMA has been involved in research and development, taking part in numerous safety-based research programmes on accident causation factors, researchers training, passive safety, user behaviour, infrastructure and ICT for safety. FEMA’s broad network of 25 national associations present in 19 European countries of the European Union and Norway, Switzerland and Iceland will also contribute to the project.