There is no exhaustive checklist for taking responsible account of PTWs in Road Safety Audit (“RSA”) work. Nor does anyone expect a Road Safety Auditor to undertake motorcycle training in order to understand the needs of riders. Gaining a better understanding of the safety problems likely to face motorcyclists must, however, involve awareness of:
- the common characteristics of motorcycle collisions;
- the more severe implications for riders of hazards that affect all road users;
- the road dynamics of motorcycles and the safety implications of their relationship to road surface properties, street furniture and obstructions;
- the different problems faced by riders in urban and rural environments;
- the need to inform RSA practice through discussions with local motorcycle forums or internal discussions with colleagues who ride; and
- the benefits of a rider’s advice for the audit team on larger schemes.