Fix A Road

As motorcyclists we know that we are more susceptible to defective road surfaces.

It’s not rocket science, poor road design and maintenance can contribute to motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

On-line Report – Northern Ireland!

You can now fill in our On-line Report to help us to built a picture of the hazards motorcyclists face on the roads in Northern Ireland.

The on-line form will not be sent to Transport NI (formerly known as Roads Service)see below for Transport NI contact details – however you can use the relevant details you have logged in the on-line form, a copy will be emailed to you, to report the Road Hazard or Fault to Transport NI.

You can also send pictures of the Road Hazard or Fault through the on-line form.

Right To Ride – On-line Report! – Click Here

Remember

If stopping to look or take pictures of a hazard or fault, please park in a safe and secure manner.

Do not put yourself in any danger.

Do not stop or hinder the normal flow of traffic.

Out And About –  Northern Ireland

You can use the Right To Ride – “Hazard Fault Report Form” 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.

Download “Hazard Fault Report Form” Word Doc 60 kb

Download “Hazard Fault Report Form” pdf 70 kb

Report A Road Fault – Northern Ireland

potholemapbetaTransport NI is the body responsible for the management, maintenance and upkeep of Northern Ireland’s public road network.

You can report problems with roads to Transport NI through the nidirect government services website which now includes using an interactive map.

“Once the map has opened, you should: zoom in on the map to a level where you can accurately pinpoint the pothole’s location – if the pothole has already been reported, you can still add your name to the list of those reporting it by choosing ‘add’.”

You can track progress of the repairs, however with the caveat that the website says, “Please Note – Due to budgetary constraints you should be aware that Transport NI is currently only able to repair the highest priority defects on the busiest routes”

At the moment the map is a “Beta” service – the first version of a new service or web page.

The website includes a link to the online reporting form or you can write to the appropriate contact address listed or by telephone, email.

You can also report damaged manhole covers – debris on the road – mud on road – pothole in road – traffic signal not working and more – including spillages of oil, diesel and other substances of a hazardous nature .

Contaminates on the road are a significant danger for motorcyclists especially diesel spillages, our advice is to report these to the PSNI.

Outside of Northern Ireland – England – Scotland Wales – you can find the local authority responsible for potholes and damaged roads via a postcode search on GOV.UK – Click Here

For Road Spillage in England and Wales search – Click Here

Southern Ireland – MAG Ireland recommend FixMyStreet – www.fixmystreet.ie

Northern Ireland – Reporting A Problem With Potholes – Click Here

Northern Ireland – Reporting Problems With Your Roads And Streets – Click Here

Traffic Watch NI

The TrafficwatchNI site is provided by Transport NI to relay traffic information to the public.

The site provides traffic bulletins, roadworks reports, interactive map displays up-to-date traffic information and access to the images from some of the Transport NI traffic cameras.

Traffic Watch www.trafficwatchni.com

Transport NI Objectives

Three of the Transport NI key objectives have a direct effect on motorcycles:

  •  Maintain the road infrastructure to keep it safe, effective and reliable.
  •  Improve the road network.
  •  Manage the road network to promote its safe and efficient operation.

We say: road design and maintenance personnel must be educated about conditions posing hazards to motorcyclists.

Traffic Watch www.trafficwatchni.com

All Northern Irish motorcyclists have the right to clean roads!

Join this Facebook campaign and support the pursuit to have our local government sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads….we are talking about everything from potholes to farmers trailing mud all over the B-roads.

We pay our Road Tax just like everyone else and have the right to clean, safe roads!

Please feel free to send us any photos of the poor road conditions or post them yourself on the wall and we will make sure they go to the right place.

Click Here

The Simple Science

Road conditions and design factors can be hazardous for motorcyclists.

Debris on the road can also cause a motorcycle to crash.

In addition, roadside furniture may add to a greater risk for motorcyclists:

  •  Potholes can cause motorcycle crashes.
  •  Paint can interfere with traction. A motorcycle’s traction can be seriously compromised by bituminous rubberized asphalt sealers which are used for crack repairs and plasticised adhesive pavement-marking tape.
  •  Diesel (and other liquid) spills can cause loss of traction and cause the rider to crash.
  • Road debris poses a greater hazard to motorcycles than to larger vehicles. It can cause a motorcycle to lose traction.

  •  Metallic manhole or service covers, cats eyes, road studs, markings, offer almost no traction, and are slippery when wet.
  •  Many roadside barriers designed to retain cars and reduce injuries to the occupants, can be fatal to motorcyclists in the case of a collision.
  •  Other roadside fixtures, such as signage, which may yield when struck by a car, can injure a motorcyclist.
  •  Current work-zone signage practices may not adequately address the safety needs of motorcyclists.

Roads Infrastructure – Virtual Research Library – Click Here

Making A Claim – Compensation Claims

How to claim compensation from TransportNI!

If you are involved in an accident and believe that TransportNI is responsible, you can make a claim for compensation.

The link will take you to some answers of the most commonly asked questions that arise when making a claim against TransportNI.

TransportNI Claims Unit has its main office in Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast and a Branch Office in Orchard House, Foyle Street, Londonderry.Link Here for details and forms

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  1. potholemapbetaTransport NI is the body responsible for the management, maintenance and upkeep of Northern Ireland’s public road network.

    You can report problems with roads to Transport NI through the nidirect government services website which now includes using an interactive map.

    “Once the map has opened, you should: zoom in on the map to a level where you can accurately pinpoint the pothole’s location – if the pothole has already been reported, you can still add your name to the list of those reporting it by choosing ‘add’.”

    You can track progress of the repairs, however with the caveat that the website says, “Please Note – Due to budgetary constraints you should be aware that Transport NI is currently only able to repair the highest priority defects on the busiest routes”

    At the moment the map is a “Beta” service – the first version of a new service or web page.

  2. Thanks GSXF we hadn’t seen this that would be a hell of a lot signs needed money spent on actually fixing the pothole.

    We like this better http://thepotholegardener.com/

  3. Anyone seen the crazy campaign by confused.com to put up signs warning of potholes ahead? I hope that like me your readers will post a comment against this daft idea here http://www.confused.com/featured-articles/motoring/car-insurance/join-our-campaign-to-end-the-menace-of-potholes-3907292567

  4. Thanks for that much appreciated and as you say hopefully it will be of use.

    Cheers

  5. I used your bad road item http://www.righttoride.co.uk/?page_id=993 in a
    post concerning a road accident down south…(Cork – Ireland)

    http://www.irishbikerforum.com/forums/index.php/topic/89712-crash-report/page__pid__599403#entry599403

    It’s the most useful article I’ve seen that may hopefully be of assistance to the lad who came off his bike which he attributes to excessive overbanding which he has provided photos of…..

    All the best and thanks to whomever is behind posting that item initialy

    Chris Larkin

    (“Crispy” on http://www.irishbikerforum.com & http://www.biker.ie & http://www.carpe-tdm.net)

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