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Will European measures mean more safety for motorcyclists?

The latest figures show that road safety is not really improving in Europe; since 2013 the number of casualties is not declining anymore and 2016 even showed a rise in both fatalities and serious injuries. Road safety is not seen as an important subject in Brussels’ circles and especially not road

How can we make our roads safer for motorcyclists?

While infrastructure should be safe for every road user, in practise it becomes clear that our roads are designed and maintained from a car drivers’ perspective. FEMA’s Dolf Willigers asks ‘How about us?’ Nowadays much of my time is spent on infrastructure. Last year I had the opportunity to attend a

Motorcycles beat public transport every time

The fact that policymakers do not see motorcycles as a serious alternative for public transport is a missed opportunity, says FEMA’s Dolf Willigers. In recent times, the theme of transport in and around the city (‘urban mobility’) came back repeatedly in my work for FEMA. Last summer I wrote about the

How organized motorcyclists can improve your life

A small Italian example why you shouldn't underestimate the power of organized local motorcyclists... Students at a technical college in Verona were fined for parking their motorcycles outside of the school. With 900 students, the school only had four parking spaces for motorcycles and other powered two-wheelers. The Italian motorcyclists' organization Comitato

Road safety, an ongoing challenge

Dolf Willigers, FEMA’s general secretary, writes about his work in Brussels, representing European motorcyclists. The nicest part of my job is that it is all about motorcycling. And when I have to go somewhere, to a meeting in Brussels or elsewhere, naturally I use the motorcycle. Not only because it´s more

FEMA works to make driver assistance systems safe for motorcycles

A car that looks and often even acts for you; the technology is available, but does that car pay enough attention to motorcyclists? In a world where it is hard to keep up with the pace of innovation of modern, (semi-)autonomous cars and where several governments are working hard to be

One Europe? Not really…

The European Union is not as united as you may think. National laws and regulations can become real problems for unsuspecting motorcyclists travelling across borders. With the end of winter in sight, many people are preparing - or at least thinking of - journeys through Europe. This is hardly an adventure

No motorcyclists’ organization could exist without volunteers

I’m one of the few professionals that work for you. As General Secretary of FEMA my work is advocating motorcyclist interests. Not exactly an eight to five job in the office, but still something I deal with many hours on every day and get paid for. The money for my

Are we going to be sacrificed to automated cars?

Sometimes this summer and autumn FEMA’s General Secretary Dolf Willigers had the feeling that we were more involved with cars than with motorcycles. In almost all the events he visited, the subject was automated cars. Like almost everybody else I used to call them autonomously driving cars, but since Dr. Abayomi

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