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Linking the silos: planning for motorcycle safety

conference contribution
posted on 2006-03-01, 00:00 authored by Liz de RomeLiz de Rome
Eleven motorcycle safety plans from Europe, Australia and USA were reviewed to develop a
model of best practice. The review compared the development process and contents of each
plan.
It is apparent that there are difference in the pattern of priorities and countermeasures between
plans that have been developed by rider associations and those by road authorities. The
former tended to focus on motorcycling as a form of transport with associated safety issues;
the latter were more likely to focus on crash incidence and injury reduction strategies. The
degree of convergence between these perspectives appears to depend on the degree of
consultation between riders and road authorities.
Our hypothesis is that road safety practitioners, who deal in mass crash data and comparative
risk profiles, may be more likely to view motorcycling as a high risk form of transport to be
contained or discouraged. Where as motorcyclists, having made the choice to ride, are more
likely to think in terms of identifying and managing risks. It is this cultural difference that
must be bridged if road safety professionals and the motorcycling community are to be able to
work together effectively.
A model for the development of motorcycle safety plans has been devised from this analysis.
The model provides a process within which both government agencies and community
organizations can work towards shared goals. It does not require consensus as each
organization is able to work towards those shared goals from its own frame of reference. It
does required agreement on issues and priorities but then allows a flexible approach to action
based on a clear understanding of the ends to be achieved.

History

Event

Motorcycle Safety. International Conference (2006 : Long Beach, California)

Pagination

1 - 12

Publisher

Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Location

Long Beach, California

Place of publication

Irvine, Calif.

Start date

2006-03-28

End date

2006-03-30

Language

eng

Publication classification

E Conference publication; E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Copyright notice

[2006, The Conference]

Editor/Contributor(s)

[Unknown]

Title of proceedings

IMSC 2006 : The Human Element: Proceedings of the International Motorcycle Safety Conference

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