The agenda for Road Safety GB’s upcoming online event, which focuses on the issue of PTW rider safety, is starting to take shape – with a number of speakers already confirmed.
The online event, titled ‘PTW Riders: improving safety and reducing collisions and casualties’, replaces a conference of the same name which has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The PTW Riders event will be aired free-to-all during March 2021, commencing Monday 8 March, and will follow a similar format to the Festival of Road Safety which attracted more than 8,000 visits from road safety professionals and others during November 2020.
The programme will comprise a mix of pre-recorded video presentations, live discussion sessions and podcasts. To date, 13 contributors from academia, road safety and the PTW sector have already confirmed their participation.
Among those delivering a video presentation will be professor Alex Stedmon (founder and director of Open Road Simulation) – a global expert in transport research investigating driver behaviour and driver psychology.
Professor Stedmon’s presentation will unveil the findings of a unique research programme into casualty reduction – as part of which a series of innovative road markings were designed and trialled in Scotland in order to ‘prime’ rider behaviour on approach to demanding bends.
Another confirmed presenter is esteemed researcher Elaine Hardy PhD, who will discuss a study which identifies the dynamics of crashes between PTWs and other vehicles, and other causes of collisions including road infrastructure.
The most revealing finding was that the mechanism of the crash (the trajectory on impact) was far more influential in determining the type and severity of injuries, rather than the speed the rider was travelling at or the style of motorcycle they were riding.
Also on the agenda is Goldie Khera BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCS, FRCS, consultant general at the Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust.
Mr Khera will talk about the latest pre-hospital trauma management, in-hospital golden hour of trauma care, and emergency trauma damage control surgery – specifically in the setting of high velocity PTW collisions.
A full programme will be published by mid-February, giving details of when the various presentations and sessions will be published.
Anyone interested in participating in the event by delivering a presentation should contact Edward Seaman by email, providing a brief overview of their proposed presentation and a brief speaker biog.
There is also an opportunity for a small number of organisations to support the PTW Riders event through sponsorship. For more details contact Nick Rawlings by email or on 01379 650112.