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Club news: SMC calls for safe barriers for motorcycles

Publication date: 02 November 2016

The Swedish Motorcyclists Association (SMC) conducted a study to show how motorcycle safety can be improved with roadside barriers. The results were clear: the injury risk for riders can be reduced with a better choice of barrier and an installation that includes a recovery zone. The report also includes a classification table that can be used while Europe is waiting for a standard of barriers that includes motorcycle safety. Motorcycle associations FIM and FEMA are supporting the report and the classification table. The report “A definition of a safe barrier for motorcyclists” was presented at the IfZ conference in Köln in October. SMC has published find both the report and a film about the motorcyclists that have been killed in Sweden in barrier accidents from 2000 to 2016. 


Median barriers are a symbol for Vision Zero in Sweden. Thousands of kilometers of roads have been to minimise the risk of collisions less than a meter from the roadway, which is based on the needs of cars. Today, the Swedish authorities state that the median barriers save 80 lives every year.  Yet, there remains serious road safety hazard for motorcyclists.  This year, nine out of 38 deaths with motorcycles were due to a collision with a barrier, which gives a record high share, 24%, of all fatalities.

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