THE POWERED TWO-WHEELER - A TRANSPORT SOLUTION IN NEED OF FAIR TREATMENT

This presentation expresses the concerns of the British Motorcyclists Federation that the powered two-wheeler (PTW) plays an insufficient part in the UK Government's Integrated Transport Strategy, and discusses how the PTW can contribute to road safety targets. All motorcycles are PTWs, but PTWs also include scooters, mopeds, and power-assisted bicycles. PTWs should be included in transport plans because: (1) they are inexpensive and convenient; (2) they make more efficient use of road and parking space; (3) they can address problems of social exclusion in areas poorly served by public transport; (4) they relieve congestion and are less affected by it; (5) they can undertake journeys that are not practical for walking and cycling or flexible enough for public transport; (6) their fuel consumption and emissions, even for motorcycles, compare favourably with those of cars; (7) they are not intrusive if properly silenced; and (8) their safety problem is often overstated, and is in fact comparable to that of other vulnerable road users. PTW use shoud be treated as an alternative mode to the car, comparable to walking, cycling, and public transport. PTW casualties in the UK have declined, and a motorcycling safety working group recommended measures for training, the Highway Code, motorcycle safety features, and measures to make riders more conspicuous and reduce their accident severity. For the covering abstract see IRRD E101938.

  • Corporate Authors:

    ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS

    EDGBASTON PARK, ROSPA HOUSE, 355 BRISTOL ROAD
    BIRMINGHAM,   United Kingdom  B5 7ST
  • Authors:
    • MAGNER, T A
  • Publication Date: 1999

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00769870
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 7 1999 12:00AM