BMF welcomes IHIE Prince Michael Safety Award

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Eamonn Townsend

BMF welcomes IHIE Prince Michael Safety Award

Postby Eamonn Townsend » Wed Nov 02, 2005 6:08 pm

The British Motorcyclists Federation, a long term campaigner on road safety issues and the UK's largest rider organisation, has welcomed the news that Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) has won a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its innovative 'Guidelines for Motorcycling- Improving safety through engineering and integration'.

Part funded by the BMF Foundation and supported by BMF specialists, the guidelines, the first in the UK, draw on the combined expertise of engineers, road safety officers and motorcyclists and give highway engineers practical advice on how the different characteristics of motorcycles can be recognised and addressed in highway design and traffic management.

The BMF see this as an essential factor in making the road environment safer and more welcoming for motorcyclists by better integration of motorcycles into the road and transport infrastructure. The IHIE Guidelines follow up and complement the Government's Motorcycling Strategy, (to which the BMF also contributed), which is aimed at "mainstreaming" motorcycling.

The guidelines will provide highway engineers with a motorcycling perspective on the design of roads and traffic calming; the integration of motorcycling into local transport plans; safe motorcycle parking; improved road maintenance methods and access to bus lanes.

Mike Williamson, Chairman of the 140,000 strong British Motorcyclists Federation and also Chairman of the BMF Foundation said: "This is great news and we congratulate the IHIE on the award. We are pleased to have contributed to the guidelines' development and also helped fund them. This is what we set the BMF Foundation up for - improving rider safety - so the Prince Michael Award is most appropriate."


Copies of the IHIE Guidelines for Motorcycling are available from IHIE, 58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS or secretary@ihie.org.uk

IHIE press enquiries: Tony Sharp, IHIE, 07939 517 384 - Chairman, Guidelines Steering Group
or Judith Walker, IHIE Secretary, 020 7436 7487

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