IAM want biker-friendly crash barriers

Crash barriers are a factor in one in seven motorcyclist's deaths

Posted: 30 July 2012
by Visordown News

Crash barriers ... not motorcycle friendly

THE IAM is calling the government to redesign crash barriers to make them more motorcycle-friendly.

While crash barriers save hundreds of car occupant's lives, they're a factor in the death of motorcyclists in up to 16 percent of motorcycle accidents.

When they hit a crash barrier, riders are 15 times more likely to be killed than car occupants.

IAM chairman Alistair Cheyne OBE said: “Roads in general and crash barriers in particular are largely designed with four or more wheels in mind. The needs of more vulnerable motorcyclists must become a priority."

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I hope the IAM can make some headway on this issue, we’ve been hearing sporadic campaigns like this for the past 30 years. The Department of Transport make positive noises to start with and then do nothing. I’d dearly love to see those cheese-wire barriers disappear they scare the shit out of me..!

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 13:31

Do the IAM really think the DOT/Government will spend a load of money on such a minority group as motorcyclist, now cyclists, that is a different matter..........

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 19:42

There are simple solutions. Some inventors have come up with a secondary plastic barrier that mounts underneath existing guard rails.

Then Australia introduced wire rope and haven't listened to us riders no matter how loudly we protest. Didn't Europe discover wire rope as useless and more dangerous?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 03:50

France has made such barriers for years now, as a result of French bikers getting together.


UK bikers are known for being meek and mild and kissing the boot that kicks them.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 08:45

I'm not an expert and I don't know what design of crask barrier would be motorcycle friendly but I'll bet It all comes down to a limited pot of money spent on whichever user group lobbies most successfully. Unfortunately the safety of riders doesn't even come into it and won't until we make a big big fuss.

As well as declaring the current design of barriers a danger to motorcyclists and the wire-rope barriers lethal we should back it up with facts and by bringing a class action in the courts against the Dept Of Transport on behalf of those injured by the currently used dangerous barriers.

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 13:47

The IAM is living in 'cloud cuckoo land' if they think any government will spend money on such a scheme! Better to educate motorcyclist's, especialy newcomers, about the dangers of riding on two wheels. You need to be careful out there!....You are invisible! You will come off worse in any falling off situation! Just ride to your skill levels!....Simples!

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:24

The French riders didn't have such a defeatist attitude. They got up off their arses and DID something.It's called 'Motards en Cholére" - Motorcyclists in Anger.


So stop bleating and ACT. But you never will - you lick the hand that chokes you.


Useless whiners......

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 14:36

nice idea... won't happen

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 00:45

It does happen!! Do something, for God sake. In Portugal we protested and it is now law that all guard rails have a second rail near the ground so that the vertical beem isn´t showing. JUST DO SOMETHING!!!

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 11:37

Thank you Portuguese rider! You show that these UK twats are such wimps that they do nothing except whine and howl. Other EU bikers ACT, but the UK moaners don't . 

What a bunch of big girl's blouses! Wimps, Tossers and Idiots.


Obrigado! I like your country and its people............

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 21:00

Who is the "IAM"?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 16:53

Well done Tom. You show why British bikers will always be gangsters' bitches for the Government. They say "spread 'em" and you say "how wide"?.

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 18:56

I agree that protest and lobbying can bring about change and it proberly would if the govt hadnt just spent millions refitting the start of the current barriers.
you remember they used to rise from the ground like little launch ramps for cars straddeling them. well now they have changed them to just start abrubtly with a big yellow and black plate attached to a strategically weakened barrier to decelerate cars and lorrys.
This change came after protesting and investigations into crashes where cars were inverted in a james bond-esk barrel-roll. Similar protests and investigations in the bike crashes may have the desired effect but the money required has already been spent redesigningthe barriers once, they wont do it again.

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:21

Yes in Denmark all rope guardrails was removed 10 years ago. We use now this system http://www.viatec.dk/sw-11.aspx.
It is not really motorbike safe bud motorbike protection can be placed below profile.

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 19:57

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