FLEXIBLE BARRIERS: HOW THEY WORK AND THE 'CHEESE CUTTER' MYTH

Flexible barriers can stir up emotive debate about their effectiveness at protecting road users and the potential risks for motorcyclists. While some concerns are valid, at times a misinterpretation of facts surrounding flexible barriers has people worried. Below, we address many of the concerns and questions raised about flexible barriers based on research conducted in Australia and overseas.

Read more... https://www.towardszero.vic.gov.au/making-progress/articles/flexible-barriers-how-they-work-and-the-cheese-cutter-myth

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Ask Phoebe: Wire ropes are safer

"I would like to know how the NZTA can justify installing wire rope barriers on our main roads. Have you seen what happens to a motorcyclist should they come off their bike and hit one of these? If you're not decapitated and killed outright, the injuries are horrific and usually limbs are lost. This type of barrier should be banned, so I would appreciate a response from NZTA as to why it has zero consideration for the safety of motorcyclists. Greg Ewen, Auckland".

The Transport Agency was happy to provide the following:

Read more... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/phoebe-falconer/news/article.cfm?a_id=127&objectid=11579420

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Wire-Rope Traffic Barriers Must Go

Wire-Rope Traffic Barriers Must Go
Cheesecutter Campaign Group

Motorcyclists are angry about the increasing use of wire-rope barriers on New Zealand's highways. They believe that these barriers are being used in the face of growing international evidence that clearly shows these barriers threaten the lives of motorcyclists.

Read more... http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0711/S00062/wire-rope-traffic-barriers-must-go.htm

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Ban On Cable Barriers

NMCU (Norsk Motorcykkel Union) the riders organisation in Norway, have announced that a ban on the use of cable barriers in their country has been upheld.

“Forces” in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, had wanted the ban to be repealed, fortunately the issue was put out to a wide consultation.

NMCU argued mainly on the points that the reintroduction of cable barriers would not provide any documented gains – neither economic, practical or traffic safety.

 

Read More... http://www.righttoride.eu/2013/09/30/ban-on-cable-barriers/

 

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Concern over wire rope crash barriers sparks EU review

A FULL-SCALE review of central wire rope barriers on motorways and dualcarriageways has been ordered by the EU following mounting concerns over crashes involving motorcycles.

The wire barriers are in place on many Irish dualcarriageways and have been dubbed “cheese cutters” because of their potential to cause massive trauma to motorcycle riders who collide with them.

 

Read More... http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/concern-over-wire-rope-crash-barriers-sparks-eu-review-26439201.html