Easy rider: improving motorcycle safety on London’s roads

Motorcyclists are one of most vulnerable road user groups in London, along with pedestrians and cyclists. A significant number of motorcyclists have told the Transport Committee that they do not feel safe riding in London, and considering recent casualty data it is clear why this is the case. Around 17 per cent of those injured on London’s roads — and 24 per cent of serious casualties —are motorcyclists, despite this mode accounting for a very small minority of traffic. There is recent evidence, too, that the number of motorcyclist casualties in London is growing again, following a period of decline. It is also the case that collisions with motorcyclists are a risk faced by other vulnerable groups, such as pedestrians. Transport for London (TfL) and partner organisations have been making significant efforts to make motorcycling safer in London, including through the recent Motorcycle Safety Action Plan. It is obvious that these efforts have not had the same level of media or political attention as schemes to promote the safety of cycling in London. But it would be wrong to view this issue as a competition between different modes. For the most part, making London’s roads safer is to the benefit of all road users. Our investigation has identified a number of areas where TfL needs to focus if it is to make motorcycling safer in London.


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  • Accession Number: 01596274
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 20 2016 1:54PM