Solar panels

Solar panels make guard rails safer

Flexible solar panels placed on top of steel W-beam guardrails in Holland could be the answer to rider concerns about the safety of some barriers. The solar panels create a smooth top on the guard rails, rather than the hazardous posts that stick on most of this type of barrier. They are certainly much safer …

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Barrier authority disputes wire rope danger

Barrier authority disputes wire rope danger

The danger of wire rope barriers is overstated by riders and representative groups, according to a leading authority on safety barriers. “Riders killed in barrier impacts is less than 1% of all road fatalities,” says Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research Centre Emeritus Professor (Road Safety) Raphael Grzebieta. “It constitutes around 5-6% of all motorcycle …

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Wire rope barriers millions Widow calls for halt on wire rope barrier ads

Are wire rope barriers ‘rider slicers’?

The dangers to motorcycle riders of wire rope barriers may have been overstated, according to an AustRoads report and the Australian Motorcycle Council. Motorcycle riders have called wire rope barriers “widow-makers”, “rider slicers” and “people graters”. However, an AustRoads “Improving Roadside Safety” report has found that fixed barriers are more dangerous than semi-rigid or flexible …

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