AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - At the close of the Intertraffic conference in Amsterdam, which was attended by a diverse, international audience of transport planners, engineers, road safety specialists and other related individuals, ACEM is delighted to announce the successful launch of the ‘Guidelines for Powered Two-Wheelers - Safer Road Design in Europe'.
Anthony Pearce, Director General of IRF, favourably welcomed the guidelines and the handover at the IRF conference has resulted in a commitment from them to support ACEM and promote a global version of the document and prioritize the issue amongst its members.
Anthony Pearce said, ‘This truly is a valuable contribution towards road safety. Looking at the roles that PTW's play now, not only in Europe but also on other continents of the world, IRF as a global organisation, will take this opportunity to promote a global version. IRF will put it on the agenda and address it with priority to its members'
The seminar was very successful and well attended, generating a stimulating discussion with the participants from countries including Italy, Holland, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Spain and many international representatives demonstrating the far reaching importance of the guidelines.
ACEM website has been overwhelmed with the response to the launch and the handbook had been downloaded over 7,000 times by the last day of the conference.
ACEM is now considering alternative methods of promoting the guidelines and gaining further support from relevant bodies and institutions such as the police, politicians, planners and transport professionals to ensure the implementation of the recommendations.
Eugene Daams, Chairman of ACEM's Infrastructure Task Group said, ‘ Intertraffic has been the ideal platform to launch the European guidelines and has generated far greater interest and support than we had hoped for. ACEM, now plans to build on this momentum and keep developing the project to create more opportunities for implementation and fulfil our aim to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties across Europe'.