Recognition for woman who works to improve motorcycle safety
Most riders won’t have heard of Karen Cole, but as Director of Safety and Training at the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), she has been quietly beavering away on your behalf to improve rider safety.
She started working for the MCIA 15 years ago, during which time motorcycle casualties have fallen significantly. She works with a talented team of riders, all equally passionate about motorcycle safety, whose work has been recognised with 3 awards in the past 12 months!
“Safe riding starts with good training”, says Karen, who has led her team in setting up a framework to measure and signpost high quality training, through the Motorcycle Industry Accreditation Centre (MCIAC).
“If you’ve ever looked for a trainer yourself”, she adds, “You will know that ‘word of mouth’ used to be the only way of gaining a recommendation. All that will change as more schools become MCIAC Accredited.”
MCIAC takes the hard work out of finding a good training school. All the schools which gain Accreditation are inspected annually and every single customer is surveyed after their training. This means standards are kept high. More training schools are seeking to become MCIAC Accredited each month, which will give more people the chance to learn with an Accredited school.
Karen is also one the authors of a landmark policy document, jointly written by the MCIA and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which explores the idea that encouraging motorcycling will result in safer road users. This draws on information which shows countries with a higher percentage of motorcyclists, have a lower rate of accidents.
You can read an interview with Karen Cole here.