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Better infrastructure for motorcyclists Roadside barrier campaign Maurice Anderson BVDM Germany Member of the FEMA Board of Directors. Brief Motorcycling Introduction. Different kinds of Motorcyclists Motorcycles Motorcycling.

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Better infrastructure for motorcyclistsRoadsidebarriercampaignMaurice AndersonBVDM GermanyMember of the FEMA Board of Directors

brief motorcycling introduction
Brief Motorcycling Introduction

Differentkinds of

  • Motorcyclists
  • Motorcycles
  • Motorcycling
motorcycle safety and infrastructure
Motorcyclists are not fully considered during conception and maintenance of infrastructureMotorcyclesafety and infrastructure

 Roadway is the most common collision partner

motorcycle accident in depth studies confirm
Motorcycle accident in-depthstudiesconfirm

From all cases :

  • 30% road surface defects
  • 8% environment as primary contributing factor
  • 15% environment as secondary factor
  • 6% hazardous traffic situation
  • 10% inappropriate maintenance, design, road furniture or signs
  • 6% design defects

The role of infrastructure :

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe: in Spain

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents1
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in Norway

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents2
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in The Netherlands

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents3
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in the UK

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents4
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in Austria

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents5
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in Switzerland

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents6
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in France

the role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents7
The role of infrastructure in motorcycle accidents

Some illustrations accross Europe:

in Belgium

eu and infrastructure
EU and Infrastructure
  • “Infrastructure in particular, must be thought and developed considering the needs of all road users including the more vulnerable ones, namely motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.” (EP 2005/2007 report on road safety)
  • Parliament urges the Commission "to design their roads in such a way that they do not represent any hazards to motorised two-wheeled vehicles"(TRAN own initiative report on road safety 2011 – 2012)
eu and infrastructure1
EU and Infrastructure

BUT

  • Standardshardlytakeintoaccount the needs of PTW users;
  • Motorcyclists’ associations oftenencounterdifficulties in convincing road authoritiesto adaptroads;
  • Whentheyexist, MC-specific infrastructure guidelines are hardlyconsidered by road engineers
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The example of

Roadside Barriers

  • RRS impact contributes to 8-16% of lethal motorcycle accidents (EuroRAP 2008)
  • Compared with car occupants riders are 15 times more likely to be killed due to RRS impact (EuroRAP 2008)
  • In Germany 14% of all motorcycle accidents involved a RRS out of which 29% were fatal (Follmann 2008)
  • In the US motorcyclists are 80 times more likely to be killed in a guardrail accident than car occupants (Virginia Tech 2011)
  • In the US almost 10% of all single motorcycle fatalities in 2007 resulted from guardrail impacts (Ouellet 2009)
  • Between January and October 2007 in Spain 18% of fatal motorcycle accidents resulted from collisions with RRS (CIDAUT 2009)

 Motorcycle accident studiesand Researchconfirm the problem

the problem from a users perspective
The problem from a users perspective

European standard Road Restraint Systems (RRS) are tested according to an EU standard (EN 1317) only taking into account cars, trucks and buses.

For vulnerable road users the impact with a standard RRS significantly increases the risk of fatal or sever injuries; even at low speeds.

political will
Political Will

After years of campaigns yet no CEN Standard but Technical Specification TS 1317-8

TC226

WG1

TG1

Motorcyclist Protection sub-group

  • Today, FEMA’s aims:
  • Standard EN 1317-8
  • Increased awareness
  • Safe guardrail Implementation

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guardrail guidelines
Guardrail Guidelines
  • presentation of available technical standards
  • statistical data and in-depth research
  • accident profiles configurations
  • presentation of best practices and success stories in Europe

Handbook for road authorities and infrastructure operators to upgrade existing road restraint systems

pdf download: www.mc-roadsidebarriers.eu

www mc roadsidebarriers eu
www.mc-roadsidebarriers.eu
  • Objective:
  • aims at serving road authorities as database for existing motorcyclists protection systems
  • manufacturers are called to enter their MPS
  • road authorities can compare existing products available on the market and use sophisticated search functions

Visit www.mc-roadsidebarriers.eu

basic principles infrastructure
Basic principles: infrastructure
  • Basic motorcycle needs:
    • good grip whatever the weather conditions;
    • clear signage that riders can see and understand;
    • good mutual visibility;
    • minimum risk of impact against obstacles
  • Revised standards
  • Better training of road engineers
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Guardrails & Motorcyclists

Thank you for your attention

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