Wednesday, 18 April 2012

European Parliament hosts exhibition of motorcyclist-friendly crash barriers

The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations
European Parliament hosts exhibition of motorcyclist-friendly crash barriers

PRESS RELEASE - The exhibition "Safe roadside barriers for motorcyclists, an urgent need in Europe - How to effectively protect vulnerable road users improving the EU standard for roadside barriers"; will showcase a prototype friendly road restraint system, designed to offer better protection for motorcyclists.
The event is hosted by Members of the European Parliament Corien Wortmann-Kool (The Netherlands) and Ines Ayala-Sender (Spain). Access is open to all, from April 23rd through April 25th, at the European Parliament in Brussels. An opening reception will take place on April 24th.

The exhibition will address the broader issue of the hazard that standard guardrails create for motorcyclists.

Current standard European roadside barriers (EN 1317) have not been designed nor tested with vulnerable road users in mind. Motorcyclists pay a high toll when falling and hitting unprotected support posts or sharp edges: roadside barriers contribute to 8 to 16% of all motorcyclist fatalities across Europe.

Co-funded by the European Commission, the Smart Road Restraint Systems (SMARTRRS) project has developed an innovative road restraint system taking the safety of vulnerable road users into account, which will be shown at the event. The new intelligent barrier brings several substantial improvements to today's EU standardized roadside barriers by proposing solutions addressing motorcyclists' safety issues such as shock absorption, traffic information, and emergency response, three of Europe's key road safety priorities 2011-2020.

FEMA General Secretary Aline Delhaye says, "The recent decision of Sweden to start installing motorcyclist-friendly barriers in black spot locations, joining other countries such as France, Portugal or Spain, shows that there is a lot of room for improving road infrastructure for motorcyclists. We need to raise awareness on the issue, with the help of the European Parliament, promote coordinated policies at national and local levels to ensure the availability of safer roadside barriers."

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