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thomsonjuk

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thomsonjuk says:

Motorcycle friendly Crash Barriers

Hi I often see on this forum requests going in to MCN about issues we as motorcyclists have, they are generally followed by what are you going to do MCN? well perhaps as an individual you may like to do something on your own MAG has been leading a campaign for the fitting of motorcycle"friendly crash barriers and the removal of wire rope barriers from the UK roads over the past year or so. The issue has been pushed through FEMA (Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations) mainly by MAG, MAG Netherlands and NMCU Norway the effort culminating in the production of the FEMA 2005 document, "The Road to Success' *. MAG Netherlands have been very successful with their continued drive for the fitting of motorcycle"friendly crash barriers and the removal of wire rope barriers fitted in the Netherlands with the last wire rope barrier in the Netherlands being dismantled last month! In Norway NMCU report that the Norwegian Minister of Transport has announced a ban on further use of cable barriers. Unfortunately she could not promise the immediate removal of existing cable barriers, but still...it is a glorious victory! Although the Highways Agency has fitted a version of the motorcycle friendly crash barrier and have committed to replacing 'metal" type barriers on central reservations with concrete types we still need a commitment from the UK Government that: 1. A review of the placement of crash barriers needs to be undertaken with those identified as dangerous for motorcycles to be fitted with a motorcycle"friendly guardrail. 2. That there will be no more wire rope type barrier systems fitted in the UK. 3. That these high maintenance and expensive systems will be systematically identified and replaced expediently. You can find your MP www.upmystreet.com/commons/l/ or use the campaign website at www.mag-uk.org Suggested Letter Remember standard letters can get ignored. For maximum impact every letter needs to be personal. The sample letter below should be used as a guide when drafting your letters. Please forward any responses to Trevor Baird at MAG UK, PO BOX 750, Rugby, CV21 3ZR or email publicaffairs@mag-uk.org I am writing to you as a motorcyclist regarding wire rope barriers and the fitting of motorcycle friendly crash barriers (Vehicle Restraint Systems) on the UK roads. Riders Groups across Europe have been involved with various European bodies in finding a resolution concerning vehicle restraint systems and the danger that riders face when impacting these systems. The Highways Agency reported that they intend to raise the issue of motorcycle and Vehicle Restraint Systems safety at the EN1317 CEN Standards Committee and have fitted motorcycle friendly crash barrier systems in two locations in the UK. However I believe that the UK Government should make an immediate public commitment that: There will be no more wire rope type barrier systems fitted in the UK. These are the most aggressive vehicle restraint system used on the roads. A review of the placement of crash barriers needs to be undertaken with those identified as dangerous for motorcycles to be fitted with a motorcycle"friendly guardrail. Decisions by road authorities to install Vehicle Restraint Systems should take into consideration the safety of motorcyclists so that they are not a greater danger than the obstacle they are intended to protect. That these high maintenance and expensive systems will be systematically identified and replaced expediently. for more info check here http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/actionnetwork/G1424 regards John

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WelshWizards

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Dec 07

Posts: 8

WelshWizards says:

WRBs

So why are they still fitting these on roads in Wales?

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