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Barriers to change: designing safe roads for motorcyclists

4 December 2008

EuroRAP – has published a new report ‘Barriers to change: designing safe roads for motorcyclists’.

Crash barriers – that routinely save the lives of car occupants but can cause traumatic death and injury to bikers – account for up to one in every six rider road deaths, and can cause five times the severity of injury. In collisions with crash barriers, bikers are 15 times more likely to be killed than car occupants.

Safe road design – incorporating barriers, road markings and safer surfaces – has been proven to cut deaths and injuries for all road users by one third.

Recommendations include a call to appoint motorcycle champions tasked specifically with safe road design for bikers.