Muck And Potholes

All Northern Irish motorcyclists have the right to clean roads!

So says a new Facebook page which asks people to join and support motorcyclists in the pursuit to have our local government sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads – everything from potholes to farmers trailing mud all over the B-roads.

The page founded by Stephen Leathem (Leo), on behalf of all motorcyclists in Northern Ireland says that, “We pay our Road Tax just like everyone else and have the right to clean, safe roads!” asking for motorcyclists to join the cause before there is another life and bike ruined!”

Stephen is asking to send any photos of the poor road conditions or post them yourself on the Facebook wall and he will make sure they go to the right place.

Stephen has spoken to Jeffrey Donaldson, Democratic Unionist Party MP for Lagan Valley and MLA who has written to the Divisional Roads Manager enquiring what steps are being taken by the Roads Service, the Department of the Environment and others to address the problems.

At Right To Ride we say, ”It’s not rocket science, poor road design and maintenance can contribute to motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.” Our “Fix A Road” page on our website highlights the issues faced by riders from, stone chip dressing, diesel spills, non grip man hole covers, road debris, potholes.

The Write to RIde page also points you to the Roads Service website, where you can report a road fault and download our “Hazard Fault Report Form” for when you are out and about as an aide memoire if you come across a hazard or fault on the road that you consider is a danger to motorcyclists.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) recent consultation paper to prepare a new road safety strategy for Northern Ireland, highlights issues of concerns for motorcyclists which include:

  • Consider the needs and vulnerability of motorcyclists when designing new roads and implementing safety measures on existing roads.
  • Undertake studies to measure the road safety improvements resulting from resurfacing, surface dressing and other maintenance operations.

We would urge motorcyclists to join this Facebook page and to put pen to paper to answer the DOE consultation, you may not have a better opportunity to improve motorcycling in Northern Ireland.

It’s up to you!

All Northern Irish motorcyclists have the right to clean roads! – Click Here

Fix A Road – Click Here

Right To Ride – Road Safety Consultation – What’s In It For Motorcycling – Click Here

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