MOTORCYCLES AND ROAD SAFETY Sharing roadways designed for cars (urban and rural) Preliminary announcement and call for papers Sao Paulo, September 11 y 12, 2013
Background The rapid increase in the use of motorcycles and the resultant growth in their crashes, deaths and serious injuries are seriously hampering the countries of Latin America, Asia, and others in achieving regional and national goals in accident reduction as part of the Decade of Action, 2011 - 2020 goals. Motorcycles are inexpensive to buy and operate, they are easy to use, and are very versatile. These factors are a strong incentive for their use, particularly in developing countries. Increased motorcycle sales are most evident in low-income populations, which acquire them not only as a solution to their needs for mobility, but also as a source of income. Given these conditions, it is clear that motorcycles are here to stay. However, their expanded use has generated a series of conflicts resulting in greater risk to all road users. Motorcycles and cars in Latin America 2011 Country Argentina Brazil Chile Colombia Costa Rica Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Guatemala Mexico Nicaragua Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela Average
Motorcycles (% of Total) 21% 44% 3% 50% 14% 51% 22% 10% 30% 4% 30% 27% 44% 52% 19% 28%
Growth in 2011 13% Source: Iberoamerican Road Safety Observatory OISEVI
Cars (% of total) 73% 56% 62% 30% 64% 33% 45% 46% 25% 67% 25% 32% 32% 44% 57% 46% 10%
The Situation City dwellers are abandoning public transportation for motorcycles as these offer fast, door-to-door service, low cost, status, and many other benefits. The use of motorcycles as a work vehicle is also growing but without adequate regulation, and this is creating a social problem. People working on motorcycles do not receive proper employer sponsored training as to the risks involved. The use of the motorcycle as a-taxi is growing in both rural and urban areas. It is mostly informal and unregulated and without the safety aspects and considerations normally associated with public transport. Urban road planning and design are car and truck oriented and the needs of the motorcycles are not taken into account. Governments and society in general have the responsibility to create the necessary conditions to safely incorporate the motorcycle. Some good experiences and practice have reduced the injuries and fatalities regarding the use of motorcycles, and these should be shared. Many areas need research in order to incorporate this growing transportation mode in a safe way. Although there are some differences in road use between Asia and Latin America, both regions have solutions and experiences that must be shared. The Forum will be a space where such experiences can be shared.
Expected audience and participation The forum will be held over two days and will be open to the participation of national and local governments, researchers, consultants, NGOs´s and university staff working with this topic. It is expected that motorcycle manufacturers, insurance companies, motorcyclist associations and similar may also want to participate DAY ONE
DAY TWO Limited to OISEVE representatives and special invitees with the objective of analyzing each country´s situation and ways to attend the situation.
Language The official languages of the Forum are Portuguese, English, and Spanish and simultaneous translation will be provided.
Objectives of the Forum Present the state-of-the-situation on the increase of motorcycles and the consequences in terms of fatalities and injuries.
Identify and share good practices and research of motorcycle safety at national, regional and city level in developing countries. Develop a regional work plan with identified sites for pilot projects to better incorporate motorcycles into the urban traffic flow. Promote research on different topics regarding the reduction of accidents involving motorcycles and their consequences. As a result of this forum a paper will be published describing the actual situation of growth of the motorcycle in Latin America and the Caribbean and a summary of the successful experiences to reduce current collision levels.
Call for papers The Scientific Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for the selection of papers to be presented at the Conference. The papers should present good experiences or research that will show ways to help reduce motorcycle related fatalities and injuries. Each paper should not exceed 500 words and should be accompanied by a short video that helps explain the project. All abstracts should be submitted before 19 July in order to be considered. The abstracts should clearly state: The purpose of the project Main factors considered Objective population / size of the population Evaluation plan Main goals of the project Human and financial resources The papers and videos should focus on one (or more) of the following themes: Topic 1: Preparing motorcyclists to drive safely Driving license, age requirements, training in occupational hazards, the motorcycle as a work tool, working conditions, and company responsibility. Topic 2: Reducing high-risk conduct Helmet use, visibility, alcohol, speed, work demands, the responsible driver, the passenger and mandatory insurance. Topic 3: Minimize the risk scenarios Daytime running lights, mirrors on motorcycles, fleet renewal, mirrors on trucks, safe clothing for motorcycles, slippery pavements, cargo, , parking, lane-splitting and road infrastructure for motorcyclist. Topic 4: Safe Work using Motorcycles
Working conditions, labor legislation, company control, training, safety elements and moto-taxi. Topic 5: Prepare society to incorporate MOTORCYCLES Research, data, emergency response, the media and social networking, selling safety, standard violation, education of other driver and responsible advertising.
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Contact: Hilda María Gómez [email protected]
or Corina Puppo [email protected]