Making guard rails safe for motorcycle riders

Making guard rails safe for motorcycle riders

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Nikki Pithers started this petition to Australian Government (Roads transport association)

I started this petition following the death of a close friend in a motorcycle accident in January when the bike he was riding hit the safety barrier on a bend. This resulted in him being flung from the bike and slid across the barrier causing extensive injuries to his body. My aim is to modify the current guard rails to make them safer for riders. In Australia motorcycle deaths are on the rise, on average 17 riders are killed each year and the number is  increasing as a result of hitting guard rails

The most common guard rails found in Australia  is the W beam. It is a metal rail held in place by metal posts. They are designed to reduce crashes in vehicles and small rigid  but they are proving to be more dangerous than good to motorcycle riders. A motorcyclist is 15 times more likely to be killed  when hitting a barrier than occupants in a vehicle hitting the barrier. In Australia most fatalities from guard rails are as a result of the posts rather than the rail itself. 

I would like to see the current W beam safety rails be modified to reduce the injury and fatality rates. They are jagged, sharp and often sit higher than the rail itself which lead to motorcycle riders being serious injured or killed. 

Changes to make them safer for all road users. 

•an extra safety rail placed under the W beam to stop riders sliding underneath the guardrail in an accident.

• Plastic caps to be placed on the top of ALL posts. 

•change the ' current 'C' shape post to a less sharp and jagged 's' post.  

•Rubber guard along the top  and bottom edges of the barrier.

Making these changes will stop other families going through the same heartbreak. 

 

 

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