The RIDERSCAN Project second year update

The progress of the RIDERSCAN Project was discussed at a successful interim meeting at the European Commission recently. Some achievements highlighted were 2012 European Motorcycle Forum and the creation of a knowledge database of over 600 resources on all areas of motorcycle safety plus a rapidly expanding network database comprising over 7000 contacts. Research on the subject continues to be gathered and analysed, and gaps in knowledge identified. Read more

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RIDERSCAN technical supports

An Expert Group (EG) comprised of national and EU road safety experts directly linked to the 8 safety areas of the project. It will review the data collection methodology, act as adviser during the collection work, and review the project reports to ensure the relevance and consistency of the work for motorcycle safety. The project will be implemented by the FEMA Secretariat staff with the support of FEMA’s 25 member national organisations.

D1 - training, licensing - Marcellus Kaup - CIECA

CIECA is the international commission for driver testing authorities, active in the fields of road safety and driver testing. In 2012, CIECA had 56 members in 36 countries worldwide.

CIECA ’s aim is to improve driving standards, to contribute to road traffic education, to improve road safety, to protect the environment and to facilitate the mobility of road freight and passenger transport, both private and commercial.

CIECA collects, analyses and makes available to its members information and documents concerning driving licence examinations and road education; and carries out, manages or participates in relevant studies and research concerning driver education, examinations and examiners.

D2 - data collection, statistics - George Yannis - NTUA

The Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) studies the transportation of persons and goods. NTUA is the leading transportation engineering research institute in Greece, having carried out during the last 25 years more than 300 national and international research projects, more than 600 Diploma theses and 20 PhD theses, the results of which have led to more than 1,000 papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings and cited widely worldwide.

Over the past 25 years, special emphasis has been given to research on road safety and accident data analysis, at national and international level, including research on road accident data collection, processing, analysis and modelling, road safety policy, assessment of road safety measures and infrastructure safety design and management. NTUA participated in numerous road safety related projects of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th EU RTD Framework Programmes (e.g., PROMISING, ADVISORS, ROSEBUD, IN-SAFETY, HUMANIST, 2BeSafe, SafetyNet, DaCoTA etc), in other EU-projects (SARTRE 2, 3&4, COST-329, CAREPLUS 1 & 2) and projects for the CEDR, the WHO and ITF, as well as in several national research projects for Transport Authorities and Municipalities in the field of road safety, including national strategic plans, efficiency assessment analyses and road accident risk analyses.

D3 - infrastructure - Kris Redant / Peter Saleh / Xavier Cocu - FEHRL

Formed in 1989, the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories is a registered International Association with a permanent Secretariat based in Brussels.

It provides a coordinated structure for the interests of over thirty national research and technical centres from Europe, together with associated institutes from around the world.

FEHRL is engaged in road engineering research topics including safety, materials, environmental issues, telematics and economic evaluation. Research capacity is provided by the national institutes and makes use of the wide range of test facilities available to them.

D4 - accident reporting - Bertrand Nelva-Pasqual - Mutuelle des Motards

The Motorcyclists’ Mutual Insurance company was founded in 1983 in reaction to a hike in insurance prices, and remains to this day the only mutual insurance company for motorcyclists in France. The Mutuelle was founded in the wake of the constitution of the riders’ movement in the late 1970’s that founded FFMC (Fédération française des Motards en Colère), the country’s main motorcyclists’ association.

The Mutuelle is entirely owned by its 201,000 customers, who each acquire a share of the company as they sign their first insurance contract. All profits are invested in a savings fund or redistributed to the shareholders as reductions in insurance prices. Savings have been increased in the past few years in order to develop projects, ensure financial independance and comply with the legal requirements on cash reserves insurance companies must hold.

In order to support motorcycle safety research, the Mutuelle launched in 2011 "2-roues lab" (Two-wheel lab), an online platform to create panels of volunteer motorcyclists to support behavioural safety research. The project is expected to alleviate the chronic lack of reliable data on motorcyclist populations that hampers road safety research.

D5 - research - Pierre van Elslande - IFSTTAR

INRETS - Institut national de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité (National Research Institute for Transport and Transport Safety) was created in 1985. It merged with LCPC - Laboratoire des Ponts et Chaussées in 2011 to become IFSTTAR, Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports, de l’aménagement et des réseaux (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks).
IFSTTAR is a public scientific and technological institution and is overseen by France’s ministry of the environment, sustainable developement, transport and housing on one hand and the ministry of higher education and research on the other.

Recognised as a new reference organisation in the international arena, IFSTTAR conducts applied research and expert appraisals in the fields of transport, infrastructure, natural hazards and urban issues, with the aim of improving the living conditions of France’s residents and, more broadly, promoting the sustainable development of our societies. The institute also focuses on improving transport safety, including road safety, and provides valuable expertise in ergonomics, epidemiology and statistics, psychology, sociology, riding and driving simulators, and behavioural analysis.

D6 - traffic management, ITS - Aki Lumiaho - VTT

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. VTT has a national mandate in Finland. They use their research and knowledge to provide expert services for domestic and international customers and partners, for both private and public sectors.

VTT develop new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. They cooperate with their customers to produce technology for business and build success and well-being for the benefit of society.

VTT ensures efficient utilisation of science and technology with the aid of broad international cooperation and networking.

VTT is part of Finland’s innovation system and operates under the mandate of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

D7 - awareness campaigns - Andy Mayo - Local Transport Projects UK

Local Transport Projects UK was founded in 2004 by transport experts Tony Kirby and Andy Mayo following successful traffic and transport careers in local government. LTP specializes in producing transport assessments and traffic studies for a variety of clients. These range from speed and visibility surveys to more complex network modelling and road accident studies.

In-house expertise covers work on Transport Assessments, Highway Access Appraisals, Travel Plans, Road Safety, Transport Policy, Sustainable Transport, Traffic Management. The team offers specialist advice on all traffic issues and have a national reputation for developing innovative, high quality traffic and transportation solutions.

The company has extensive experience working closely with local authorities and Government agencies, developing road safety schemes, traffic calming and traffic management projects and cycling and pedestrian facilities. Its expertise includes carrying out safety audits, traffic sign design and management of a variety of projects including major traffic management and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) projects.

Andy Mayo, co-founder of Local Transport Projects UK, is a passionate motorcyclist who has owned, ridden and raced motorcycles for over 30 years. He previously worked for Transport for London on the European Safer Urban Motorcycling (eSUM) project, and is responsible for producing the eSUM Good Practice Guide for improving motorcycle safety in urban areas. He is also leading work on casualty reduction route studies in London for motorcyclists, on Powered Two Wheeler journey time and emissions reductions, and on motorcycle fatalities on London’s roads. He has worked in a variety of roles in UK local government prior to co-founding his company in 2004, and has overseen the implementation of over 250 road safety schemes over a 20 year period. He specialises in road safety work and in particular, vulnerable road users.

D8 - national strategies - Robbert Verweij - Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment

The Ministry for infrastructure and the environment is responsible for national policy making on national infrastructure (i.e. highways, trains, waterways and air) and environmental issues. The roads and roadsafety division focuses amongst other issues on road safety. The national target is set to maximum 500 fatal injuries by 2020 (661 in 2011, of which 52 bikers). Especially for improvement for road safety for bikers we have drawn up an actionplan together with all stakeholders.