In many countries motorcycles and motorised scooters (mopeds) are the primary means of motorised transport. These vehicles are commonly referred to as ‘two wheelers’.
One of the main reasons for the popularity of two wheelers in emerging markets is the lack of public transport services combined with the affordability of two wheelers. In some locations, congestion levels also trigger the increased use of two wheelers. As congestion levels increase – particularly during traffic jams – people choose to travel by two wheeler rather than by car. Consequently, road safety has become a matter of critical concern.
The problem? There are a growing number of injuries and deaths occurring from two wheeler crashes.
Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 million people are killed in road crashes each year and as many as 50 million are injured or disabled. Almost half of those who die in road crashes are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
Within this section you will find everything you need to know about two wheeler road safety including risks, safety tips, advice on helmet use and links to other sources of useful information.