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.
Note: Only MCIAC accredited Approved Training Bodies (ATB) are endorsed and supported by Northamptonshire County Council, Motorcycle Northants and the Motorcycle Industry Association.
Congratulations to Karmenz Motorcycle Training on becoming the first Motorcycle Industry Accredited trainer (MCIAC) in Northamptonshire.
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