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Launch of Innovative Motorcycle Guidelines At European Conference - Apr 11th 2006

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    The MCI is delighted to announce the successful launch of the 'Guidelines for Powered Two-Wheelers - Safer Road Design in Europe' at the close of the Intertraffic conference in Amsterdam 4th-7th April.

    The launch was attended by a diverse, international audience of transport planners, engineers, road safety specialists and other related individuals including Anthony Pearce, Director General of IRF (Internationale Road Federation). He favourably welcomed the guidelines and the handover at the IRF conference by ACEM project leader Eugene Daams (RAI Association NL) has resulted in a commitment from them to support ACEM's infrastructure work and promote a global version of the document. 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 an international version. IRF will put it on the agenda and address it with priority to its members'.

    An accompanying seminar, led by Craig Carey-Clinch (MCI UK) 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 infrastructure 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.

    Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs 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 the UK and the whole of Europe'.