The Welsh Government has launched a competition in a bid to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties on the country’s roads.
The competition, ‘Innovation in Reducing Motorcyclist Casualties in Wales’, is backed by £500,000 of funding from the Welsh Government and Innovate, and will be run in partnership with RoSPA Wales.
The competition will set out to “identify innovative projects that can help the Welsh Government to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads, in particular accidents occurring at junctions”.
In 2013 motorcyclists made up only 0.2% of the road traffic in Wales (by distance travelled), but accounted for 31% of those killed or seriously injured. 17 motorcyclists died on Welsh roads in 2013 and 229 were seriously injured. Allowing for year on year fluctuations, this figure has changed little in the last 10 years.
In the period 2009-2013, 49% of motorcyclist KSIs occurred at junctions, with 48% of these being at T-Junctions.
The challenge in the competition is “to develop an effective intervention or technological feature that provides demonstrable improvements in the safety of motorcyclists, either by reducing the likelihood of a collision occurring, or by lessening the impact of a collision”.
The competition closes on 16 February 2015.