VicRoads has just launched an updated Making Roads Motorcycle Friendly guide targeted at road designers and road maintenance crew to address common issues that we motorcyclists encounter.
While we have been critical before of state governments, especially Victoria, for their lack of road maintenance with a particular view to keep safe for riders, this is a promising move.
It also addresses the issue of wire rope barriers which many riders view as dangerous to them.
The guide points out that “consideration of motorcyclist risk should be included when deciding on barrier type”.
However, it says that in places where wire rope barriers are used post protectors should be installed on “popular motorcycle routes, especially where the risk of post impact is high such as in curves”.
While many riders might not like any wire rope barriers, at least this guide shows how engineers can make roads safer for us.
Now we just have to hope Victoria and other states put it into practice.