As part of our modal shift strategy Northamptonshire County Council embraces motorcycles and scooters as a sustainable transport mode within the countywide transport programme.
Greater use of motorcycles can bring environmental, congestion and accessibility benefits particularly on journeys made for commuting to places of employment or education.
The Road Safety and Travel Choices Team are now working in close partnership with the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) to deliver a number of initiatives highlighted within the MCIA’s recently launched programme in conjunction with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) - Realising the Motorcycle Opportunity – A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework.
The full framework document can be viewed at www.motorcycleframework.co.uk
After the first year of our partnership, we have adopted a number of initiatives which contribute to the promotion, encouragement and inclusion of motorcycling in our transport strategies.
MCIA are providing funding for the MCIAC Accreditation for Approved Training Body (ATB) owners within the county and two instructors at each training school.
This is the foundation of any work for Motorcycle Northants. It is crucial that when residents are encouraged to take up motorcycling, they are given the tools to do this as safely as possible. The MCIA accreditation scheme will ensure that training bodies deliver and maintain high quality instruction.
The aim of this scheme is to encourage the non-riding UK population to try a motorcycle or scooter. The campaign is centred on the Get On website which provides a one stop portal for all the information a new rider would need - including bikes, licencing, styles of bikes, training and kit.
Get on training took place in Northamptonshire during 2016 and there will be more opportunities in 2017. Try out event dates are added to the Get on website, where you can book a session on line. Get on provides a free ride opportunity to try riding a moped or geared motorcycle. These are undertaken in a safe and structured environment and delivered by accredited trainers. All motorcycles and safety equipment are provided by the Get On scheme.
We are working in partnership with the National BikeSafe Team to bring the National BikeSafe Event to Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, for a second year on Saturday 19th August 2017.
This annual event has been running for a number of years and attracts large numbers of people from all over the UK. It also provides a great opportunity to engage with our local riders and those who may wish to learn to ride.
All the major manufacturers, dealers and suppliers will be in attendance and the police will undertake hundreds of assessed rides, with riders, as well as skills sessions on the inner track. In addition this year's event will include 'Open Roads' road safety displays, a Northamptonshire village of motorcycling and Summer cycling with 'crazy cycles' for all the family to try.
BikeSafe is a police led scheme delivered in every force area in the UK and aimed at post-test riders looking for an assessment of their riding. The aim of BikeSafe is to 'Bridge the Gap' to further, or advanced training.
'Wheels 2 Work' is a term used to describe schemes which provide affordable transport to individuals who are unable to access training, employment or education, due to a lack of suitable public or private transport.
We have met with the National Wheels to Work Coordinator and are currently in discussions with the manager of the successful Leicestershire scheme to deliver the service in Northamptonshire.
Wheels 2 Work Association
We are also exploring a number of other schemes before moving to further phases of this long term project.
We are looking at road infrastructure including the use of bus lanes for motorcycles, road furniture and facilities for motorcyclists including on street motorcycle parking which is handy and secure.
Road Safety Education within schools is a key area and we would look to work with schools and road safety stakeholders to introduce consistent and comprehensive road user education.
For more details about Motorcycle Northants please contact the Road Safety and Travel Choices Team firstname.lastname@example.org