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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.

Updated booklet for better motorcycling: Full Control

Motorcycle riders must not only deal with a demanding vehicle without protective bodywork. We are so vulnerable that we also must take responsibility for errors and mistakes by other road users. One condition for safe riding is to master a precise riding technique which is addressed in the first part of ’Full Control’ – a booklet for motorcyclists written by motorcyclists. The second part assesses the road, traffic, motorcycles, equipment and accessories.
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Video of motorcycle accident from the point of view of the rider

A rider with a helmet camera was involved in an accident. Watch the video to see the potentially lethal consequences that a rider could suffer if impacting into an unsafe barrier. Fortunately, this time the motorcylist didn't suffer any major injuries. Read more

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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.

Unsafe guardrail claims another life

: Yesterday, 9th May 2013, 70 riders, FFMC, friends and family paid tribute to JB. Mr Millera highlighted once again the bias towards 4-wheeled vehicles in designing road-safety infrastructure and the lack of thought when addressing the safety needs of Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) users.

RIDERSCAN launches new questionnaire on training, testing and licencing

: Powered Two Wheeler (PTW) users are facing new rules on licence categories and PTW entitlement resulting from the implementation of the 3rd Driving Licence Directive which came into force on 19th January 2013. The changes will affect all riders who haven’t yet acquired their full A category motorcycle licence. The brand new questionnaire, which can be found here, aims to gather evidence from riders across Europe to gauge how the new rules affect them in practice.

Publication Morten Hansen (NMCU) on motorcycle safety

: In the article 'A stand against the extreme', NMCU's Morten Hansen states: 'Dispite all imaginable road saftey efforts, riding a motorcycle can never be made entirely risk-free. There is however a number of road safety measures that might help reduce the numbers of riders killed or injured to a realistic minimum'.

Accident involving "conform" guardrail ends in motorcyclist death

: Last Thursday, yet another French motorcyclist died in a lethal slide against a conventional road side barrier in a road portion considered as secure. A sad example of the urgent need for motorcycle-friendly vehicle restraint systems that FEMA keeps campaigning for.

Motorcyclists in Sweden ride slower than other vehicles!

: Motorcyclists on average are riding slower than both motorists and truck drivers in Sweden. This shows a national speed measurement conducted by The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) during May-September 2012. The Swedish Motorcyclists Association, SMC, is not surprised, but pleased that the Transport Administration's own monitoring now proves a very different picture of the motorcyclists than otherwise often described.

Swiss Authorities publish Guide for Motorcycle-friendly Infrastructure

: The Swiss Department of Environment and Transport published a guide of recommendations regarding road infrastructures and the safety of motorcyclists. This detailed document - intended for federal, cantonal and local officials as well as construction and planning specialists - aims to point out the main deficiencies of infrastructures. Its goal is to provide relevant analysis and solutions in order to reduce the amounts of road accidents involving motorcycles. The document is available in French, German and Italian.

New conspicuity-related motorcycle accident studies

: On behalf of the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council of New Zealand the research institute TRL has performed an international literature review on motorcycle conspicuity, to establish those treatments that might be most suitable for use. The review concluded that high visibility and reflective clothing, and headlights or daytime running lights on motorcycles, have been effective in increasing motorcyclist conspicuity.

Victorian Parliament (Australia) released enquiry report on motorcycle safety

: On December 12, 2012 the Road Safety Committee of the Victorian Parliament (Australia) released its report on its Inquiry into Motorcycle Safety. While on the one hand, the inquiry relied notably on a large number of written submissions from all components of Victoria and Australia motorcycle safety stakeholders, along with convened public hearings with over a hundred witnesses, the Committee also met with numerous European road safety experts, among which FEMA and several of its member associations, to identify the issues that are to be addressed in a motorcyclists’ safety program. The report introduces concrete 64 recommendations, most of which confirms the conclusions of the OECD/ITF workshop on motorcycle safety (Lillehammer,2008).

Joint Nordic position about motorcycle safety

: On monday 3rd December, seven Nordic Motorcycle organisations in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, all members of FEMA, sent a common position about road safety to the governments and road authorities in their countries. The document also includes proposals for actions and cooperation crossing the borders.