Finnish government: ‘Ride a motorcycle!’

It sounds like a joke, but it is true: the Finnish government urges people to ride motorcycles to reach its emission targets. New motorcycles and mopeds are needed for traffic to reach the 2030 climate goals. "A moped or motorcycle, as part of the transport chain, can offer a more environmentally

Motorcycles are the answer!

It sound so obvious, but when it comes to urban mobility, FEMA believes motorcycles and other powered two-wheelers should be actively promoted as a great alternative for cars. Especially during the annual European Mobility Week. The week from 16 to 22 September 2018 is European Mobility Week. Many events will be

New motorcycle test dummy is taking shape

To test modern car technologies such as Advanced Emergency Braking System and other advanced driver assistance systems, a new motorcycle test dummy is being developed. As we reported earlier this year, the interaction between motorcycles and ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) is still a problem. Motorcycles are often not detected by

Can solar panels save motorcyclists’ lives?

When FEMA saw pictures of a new Dutch experiment with guardrails, our first thought was: “Finally, a guardrail with topside protection for motorcyclists!”. It turned out to be a little bit more complex than that… A consortium* developed and installed 72 metres flexible solar panels on ordinary steel W-beam guardrails in

Fuel labelling: information to help you choose the right fuel

A European directive* requires European Union member states and European Economic Area states to improve the information given to consumers who are faced with a choice of fuels for their vehicle. To that end, a CEN standard** has drawn up common symbols, or ‘fuel identifiers’, that will be placed on

LEZ’s: you can’t just ride your motorcycle wherever you like

All over Europe we see low emission zones (LEZ's) emerging. FEMA’s Dolf Willigers looks into the issue from a motorcyclists’ point of view. Low emission zones, not to be confused with congestion zones where you have to pay a toll to enter a city, are popping up all over Europe to

Sweden successfully promotes electric motorcycling

The Swedish government started a scheme on 1 February 2018 to financially support people that buy an electric bicycle, moped or motorcycle. The premium is maximum €1,000 (only once per person). When the Swedish government presented the initial proposal, motorcycles were excluded. Swedish FEMA member SMC talked to the ministry and