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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.

Recent developments include building partnerships between RIDERSCAN and motorcycle media across Europe, with 11 publications already actively disseminating the RIDERSCAN survey in 14 different languages. There is also the opportunity for members of the motorcycle community to upload relevant documents via the ‘contribute’ button. Two websites related to infrastructure and road safety have been launched, www.mc-infrastructure.eu and www.mc-roadsidebarriers.eu

Currently, a new questionnaire on motorcycle training, testing and licencing has just been released, and results are being eagerly awaited. This will contribute to recommendations being developed on the 4th Driving Licence Directive. This is part of RIDERSCAN’s continued efforts in gathering information from all PTW stakeholders (experts, organisations, riders etc.) and further surveys are in the pipeline.

Work is also being undertaken to develop a smartphone app where riders will be able to submit details on road infrastructure blackspots they have encountered whilst riding. This technology could have significant benefits in improving motorcycle accident and fatality rates. This will contribute to reports on road infrastructure problems, solutions and standardisation needs.

Accident reporting is also being targeted. Measures to analyse how the police and road authorities report incidents involving motorcycles are being developed and will contribute to recommendations on EU wide harmonisation. RIDERSCAN is starting to collect information on national road safety strategies and awareness campaigns with the aim being to identify best practices and innovative schemes. The project also looks to the future, while assessing current traffic management, the move towards intelligent transport systems (ITS) is being closely followed and developments reported upon. The next months will therefore see further activities aimed at riders, safety organisations and national authorities across all areas covered by the project.