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March 31, 2010 - Personal Protective Equipment can
help motorcycle, scooter and moped riders reducing the
effects of accidents. Nonetheless, the benefits of
good quality motorcycling clothing are still widely
With the aim of encouraging a wider take-up of
protective gear ACEM, the Motorcycle Industry in Europe,
has released a very useful booklet, available in seven languages,
with indications on which equipment to choose and why
certain types of gear may protect better than others.
The booklet was developed within the eSUM
Project (see below), ensuing from the cooperation between ACEM and
four European motorcycling capitals (London, Paris,
Barcelona and Rome). The goal is the
identification, practical demonstration and adoption of
measures for the safer use of powered two-wheelers in
the inner-city traffic.
While much is being done on aspects such as vehicle
safety features, training and awareness raising,
improvements in road safety can be achieved also by
promoting protective motorcycling wear adapted to the
type and the use of vehicle.
Most riders use helmets. However moped riders and
commuters tend to neglect the benefits of PPE in terms
of safety and comfort. In Mediterranean countries,
for example, due to their warm climates, users are still
widely unaware that good apparel can combine comfort and
The goal of this booklet is to provide some simple
guidelines supported by scientific evidence to help
increasing the number of motorcyclists equipped with
appropriate protective clothing.
According to evidence gathered by MAIDS (*see
below), riders wearing appropriate protective
gear are likely to reduce injuries during an accident.
Factor" is listed in the booklet for every garment,
which indicates the
percentage of MAIDS accidents in which the protective
gear has mitigated or even better prevented injuries.
Knowledge about the benefits of wearing the correct
apparel will help users in making the right choice and
contribute to their safety.
The "Protective Equipment for Riders" booklet can be
This awareness-raising campaign precedes the 4th Road
Safety Action Programme, which should be issued on the
12th of May by the European Commission.
disparity between Member States in road safety
performance and risk exposure for PTW riders shows that
with the same line-up of vehicles there are still
countries where riding a PTW is considerably more risky
than elsewhere in the EU. Closing this gap must be one
of the main challenges of the next Road Safety Action Programme.
The publication of the Personal Protective Equipment
guide is part of ACEMís commitment to road safety, which
follows an integrated approach looking at human factors,
vehicle design and infrastructure, seeking to involve
policymakers at European, National and local level and
other relevant stakeholders.
Jacques Compagne, ACEM Secretary General, said "Personal
Protective Equipment plays an important role in rider
safety and starts with a helmet. An appropriately
maintained vehicle, training and risk awareness help
"However in case of an accident, PPE have proven to reduce the consequences of injuries. The PTW industry wants to inform riders about the
benefits of PPE and aims at encouraging more and more of
them to wear appropriate gear".
The European Safer Urban Motorcycling Project
is a collaborative initiative between the motorcycle
industry, local authorities of the principal European
motorcycle cities and universities to identify develop
and demonstrate measures designed to deliver safer urban
The project aims at improving diagnosis of
the urban PTW challenges, identifying and applying good
practices in Urban Motorcycling Action Plans,
demonstrating advances in the state-of-the-art, adopting
good safety practice through preferential treatment in
the implementation of urban traffic management policies
* MAIDS -
Motorcycle Accidents In-Depth Study -
analyzed more than 900 motorcycle and moped accidents
during the period 1999-2003 in five sampling areas
located in France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and
To provide comparative information, more than 900
control cases have also been analyzed in the same
sampling areas. The data collected in the MAIDS study
represents currently the most comprehensive database of PTW accidents available today.
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