Karen Cole, Director of Training for the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of her work on motorcycle safety.
Two previous awards were presented to her at the beginning of the year, one for ‘services to rider and safety training’, and another for ‘outstanding achievement in motorcycle safety’.
Karen’s road safety work
This nomination recognises Karen’s work in setting up an IMI Approved centre in 2013, creating a framework to encourage and signpost high quality motorcycle training.
First and foremost, Karen is a rider, which means she has an invaluable understanding of road safety from a motorcyclist perspective. She collaborates with the likes of the Department for Transport, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Transport for London, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), IAM, Institute of the Motor Industry, motorcycle training providers, road safety officers, road safety groups and project teams.
She is one of the authors of a landmark policy document, jointly written by the MCIA and the National Police Chiefs’ Council and is also active on the European stage about UK road safety issues, through the MCIA’s membership of ACEM (the Association for the motorcycle industry in Europe).
In addition, Karen is a Director of RoadSafe, a partnership of public and private bodies dedicated to reducing road casualties.
She is also very modest, putting her success down to surrounding herself with the right people. In her words
“I work with a team of motorcyclists, who are all passionate about improving motorcycle safety and training, who will share this award with me. I couldn’t do it without them.”