More Wire Rope?

Northern Irelands Transport Minister Danny Kennedy – Department for Regional Development (DRD) – has announced the appointment of a contractor for the A26 dualling scheme which includes the section of the famous “Frosses Trees”. For riders will this see the fitting of wire-rope barrier restraint system along this new eight kilometre stretch of new dual […]

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Guardrails Kill Motorcyclists

A8 between Belfast And Larne Northern Ireland: The new A8 (Larne Line) Duelling Project is under construction by a consortium of companies, government departments and is funded by various means including- Lagan Construction, Ferrovial Agroman and Costain Ltd. It is co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network (TENT), Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish […]

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A11 Riders Action Group

The new ‘A11 Riders Action Group’ has been formed to challenge the use of the Steel Wire Rope crash barriers installed on a new 10 mile stretch of the A11 between Thetford and the Barton Mills (five ways) Roundabout in Norfolk England. At Right To Ride we have major issues with these Vehicle Restraint Systems […]

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Wooden Barriers

For those who have an interest in Vehicle Restraint Systems (VRS) – Crash Barriers and who doesn’t here, are some pictures of a wooden VRS on a very rural French country road. What else would one do when out walking and thinking about what one comes across…………….. Now all isn’t as it seems, as the […]

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 “Forces” in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, had wanted the ban to be repealed, fortunately the issue was put out to a wide consultation.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

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SMART RRS Project

SMART Road Restraint Systems Project Final Event – Safe Roadside Barriers for Motorcyclists, an urgent need in Europe “How to efectively protect vulnerable road users improving the EU standard for roadside barriers” The SMART RRS Project Final Event took place from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th of April, 2012 at the European Parliament in Brussels, […]

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Swedish Barrier Effort

MC-friendly crash barriers will be tested in Sweden! – Good news from the Minister of Infrastructure The Swedish Motorcyclists Association, SMC, has worked for a long time to get more MC friendly crash barriers fitted on Sweden’s roads. The work has paid off with the announcement that barriers with Motorcycle Protection Systems, MPS, will be […]

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Mystery Solved EN1317-8

In June last year we reported on the, “Mystery of EN1317-8” concerning the discussions and voting within a CEN (European Committee for Standardization) technical committee for a draft standard of a road restraint protection system for motorcycles (EN1317-8). The committee at that time chose to opt for a Technical Specification, which seemed to cause consternation […]

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The Mystery of EN1317-8

Motorcycle Friendly Crash Barrier Standards – The Mystery of EN1317-8 On Thursday, June 16, the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) technical committee on road equipment (TC226) held its annual meeting in Stockholm.  The draft standard for a road restraint protection system for motorcycles (EN1317-8) was on the agenda. At the meeting, the committee chose to […]

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Wire Rope Barriers Are Expensive

The Swedish riders’ organisation SMC (Sveriges MotorCyklister) reports that, wire rope barriers can be expensive in the long run and says that risk to injury is also higher on roads fitted with wire rope systems. SMC agree with a doctoral thesis which was recently completed by Karim Hawzheen, entitled – Road Design for Future Maintenance […]

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BARB – Wire Rope Barriers

In July last year we reported that it appeared that Northern Ireland was getting wired up with the fitting of Wirerope/Cable barriers (Vehicle Restraint Systems). We first noticed these barriers in Belfast, situated at the junction of Tesco’s at Newtownbreda, however stretches of wirerope barriers have been and are now being fitted on the A1 […]

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