Highways England ‘streets ahead’ on road planning for motorcycles

MAG has attended the latest round of Highways England discussions about the future of the strategic roads network.  MAG is making an active contribution to resolving some of the challenges facing powered two-wheelers on our roads.

MAG attended the January meeting of the Highways England Motorcycle Working Group Communications Workshop, held on 16th January 2017 at the Highways England head offices in Central Manchester.

In a project-focused meeting, MAG offered to support the work in three key ways.  These are: using key MAG events to showcase best practice in terms of the strategic roads network and motorcycle safety; discussing the main concerns of MAG in terms of the road safety agenda; and communicating messages through MAG’s media outlets and its membership.

Tony Cox, MAG’s Regional Representative in the North West, said “Lembit Öpik, MAG’s Director of Communications & Public Affairs, who attended the forum, raised the issue of the impact of cycle-lane segregation, including orcas and armadillos, on biking road space and safety.  He also covered infrastructure considerations affecting riders and debated how to raise awareness amongst other road users regarding the legality of ‘filtering.’

“This was a mutually beneficial exchange and we’re all working together to get these things right.  Highways England has raised the game to a new level.  I’m impressed by Highways England’s approach – they’re thinking like partners with us and others, and that’s a very promising development for the riding community.”

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