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Inquiry may probe wire rope barriers

Riders are being urged to make submissions about the perceived dangers of wire rope barriers to a Victorian inquiry into the road toll. Submissions to the Legislative Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee will be accepted online until 30 June 2020. Committee member and Liberal MP for Western Victoria, Beverley McArthur, invited Motorcycle Safety Consultant John …

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New wire rope barriers ‘more dangerous’

Higher and “more dangerous” wire rope barriers (pictured) will soon replace the current WRBs around Australia. The BRIFEN MASH compliant cable barriers will supersede current NCHRP-350 systems that will be phased out from 30 September 2020 in NSW with other states set to follow. Supplier Safe Direction say the Brifen system has been crash tested. …

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Wire rope barrier advocate honoured

A road safety academic who advocates wire rope barriers, lower speed limits and mandatory hi-vis vests for riders, and alcohol interlocks and electronic rider aids on bikes has been honoured with a special award. UNSW Sydney Professor Raphael Grzebieta has been honoured with the 2019 Kenneth A Stonex award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to …

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Promise to halt wire rope barriers

A pre-election promise to halt the rollout of wire rope barriers (WRBs) in Victoria falls short of advocating against their use. The promise has been made by the Victorian Liberal Nationals ahead of this month’s State election. They are not advocating against their use. “The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers,” their …

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Wire rope road barriers divide motorcyclists

A new Austroads report on road barriers has recommended fitting padding on the posts that hold up the wires on wire rope roadside barriers to improve rider safety, rather than scrapping them altogether. Many motorcycle riders refer to wire rope barriers as “widow-makers”, “rider slicers” and “people graters”. However, the Australian Motorcycle Council (AMC) and First …

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