The global fleet of powered two-wheelers (PTWs) is constantly increasing. In many
countries, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds play a significant role in mobility, particularly
in many of the world’s large cities. As such, PTWs are becoming an important component
of the transport system. However, they represent an important challenge for road safety.
PTW riders are at far more risk than car drivers per kilometre ridden in terms of
fatalities and severe injuries entailing long-term disability. Moreover, they have
not benefited from safety improvements at the same pace as car occupants over recent
decades. Addressing the issue of PTW safety is thus an essential contribution to the
success of the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety, which aims at halving
the expected number of road deaths worldwide by 2020.
This report reviews recent trends in powered two-wheeler crashes, the factors contributing to these crashes and their severity. It describes a set of countermeasures targeting user behaviours, the use of protective equipment, the vehicles and the infrastructure. Finally, it discusses motorcycle safety strategies in the context of a safe system.
|Opportunities and challenges of powered two-wheelers|
|Powered two-wheeler fleet and usage|
|Powered two-wheeler crash characteristics|
|Factors contributing to powered two-wheeler crashes and their severity|
|Countermeasures addressing road user behaviour|
|Countermeasures promoting the use of personal protective equipment|
|Countermeasures targeting vehicles|
|Countermeasures targeting infrastructure and traffic management|
|Specific powered two-wheeler issues in low- and middle-income countries|
|Developing and implementing an integrated road safety strategy for powered two-wheelers|
|Conclusions and recommendations|
|Working group members|