The European Union Road Federation (ERF) and the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) have published a joint position paper focused on improving motorcycle safety through infrastructure improvements.

In 2017, power two-wheelers fatalities (motorcycles and mopeds) accounted for 17 percent of total fatalities, while accounting only for 1.8 percent of the total traffic flow. Both ERF and FEMA believe that looking at the design of road infrastructure can improve road safety for motorcyclists.

Potential design improvements include basic and low-cost preventive measures such as the installation of motorcycle protection systems on guardrails, maintaining the skid resistance of pavement markings and ensuring that roads surfaces are properly maintained. The ERF and FEMA says these could make an important contribution to the safety of riders and help achieve better progress towards reaching the EU’s goal of reducing fatalities by 50 percent by 2020.

View the report: Improving infrastructure safety for powered two-wheelers