All over Europe there are roads which are well designed and maintained, which make motorcycling not only fun but also safe and which are good examples for infrastructural measures that are considering motorcyclists. However, there are also bad examples. Roads which are poorly maintained or roads which pose a threat to motorcyclists, because of their road furniture, slippery surface or intersection design.

Below you will find select examples, both good and bad, categorized with the help of the FEMA Haddon Matrix for Motorcycling, differentiating between three phases of a crash: Pre-Event, Event and Post-Event. These three categories aim at giving you an idea of how to improve road design and maintenance, keeping in mind that ‘no crashes at all’ are, unfortunately, fairly unlikely, but that ‘no fatalities and no severely injured’ is a good first step.

Best Practice:

With the help of the Norsk Motorcykkel Union the Norwegian scenic and winding Highway 32, a popular motorcycling route, was turned into the “Vision Zero Road” by reconstructing dangerous stretches to improve road safety with a limited budget of about 750 000 €.

To find out more about the “Vision Zero Road”, please contact NMCU.

The pictures are taken from a presentation given by Morten Hansen of NMCU. You can download the Presentation on the Norway Vision Zero Motorcycle Road as PDF.


Other Good Practices:

Source: Motorradfahren – auf sicherer Straße! Ein Leitfaden für die Praxis, ADAC, 2011,


Bad Practices:

Source: FEMA National Organisations


We invite you to leave a comment! You can talk about the examples given on this website or present your own experiences – as a rider, as an engineer or as a civil servant – with good and bad road infrastructure. Your comments can help FEMA to identify the riders’ needs.


Disclaimer: All information provided is believed to be accurate and reliable. However, Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations assumes no responsibility for any errors and is not liable for any damages of any kind resulting from the use of, or reliance on, the information contained herein.


The website was created under the RIDERSCAN project and is cofinanced by the European Commission

The work presented in this document is supported by the European Union’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport – Directorate C: Innovative & sustainable mobility (C.4 Road Safety) (Grant agreement MOVE/C4/SUB/2010-125/SI2.603201/RIDERSCAN). The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA) and it does not represent the opinion of the European Union and the European Union is not responsible or liable for any use that might be made of information contained herein. 



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