While the Motorcycle Action
Group (MAG UK) and riders groups across Europe struggle to improve
the survival of riders on the roads, the butterfly population is
being looked after worldwide with a new Butterfly Handbook for
Highways Engineers supported by the Minister for Road Safety, Dr
English Nature's Chief Scientist, Dr Keith Duff, said: "We hope that
road engineers across the country will use the handbook to design
and construct roads which enrich the value of our countryside for
butterflies and other species."
MAG requests that the same road engineers enrich the value of our
countryside and urban areas for the motorcycle species by taking
notice of the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE)
Guidelines on Improving Safety through Engineering and Integration
for motorcycling as well as the recently published ACEM Guidelines
for PTW-Safer Road Design In Europe publications.
MAG is involved in a raft of issues to promote a better motorcycling
environment such as bus lane use, advanced stop lines, exemption
from congestion charging, and road tolls, secure parking facilities.
This includes the way riders use this environment and how other road
users need to be aware of and look out for motorcyclists.
One of the issues that MAG is concerned with on the UK roads is the
absence of clear (European) regulations, which include the
requirement of crash barriers to meet the needs of motorcyclists.
Riders are dependent on the goodwill of local, regional and national
road authorities to adapt existing crash barriers to a standard that
would protect motorcyclists.
At present MAG is campaigning for the government to make an
immediate public commitment that:
There will be no more wire
rope type barrier systems fitted in the UK. MAG considers these
systems the most aggressive vehicle restraint system used on the
These high maintenance and
expensive systems will be systematically identified and replaced
A review of the placement
of crash barriers is undertaken with those identified as
dangerous for motorcycles fitted with a motorcycle-friendly
Decisions by road
authorities to install Vehicle Restraint Systems should take
into consideration the safety of motorcyclists so that they are
not a greater danger than the obstacle they are intended to
In Europe the standard for
crash barriers - EN 1317 should include testing with
motorcycles, so that crash barriers can be proven safe for all
secondary rails and all other forms of post protection devices
are included in the standards of tests for other vehicles.
Thus allowing road
authorities in the UK the freedom to fit these systems and
devices without expensive and time consuming secondary UK
MAG's Director Of Public
Affairs, Trevor Baird, commented, "The aim of MAG UK on this one
stop issue is to improve the safety of Vehicle Restraint Systems
across Europe thus reducing the potential for injury and death of
motorcyclists when impacting these systems."
Click on “Campaigning Write To Ride Website”
FEMAs “Road To Success”
MAG “Vehicle Restraint
Systems, Safety Fences, Crash Barriers, Motorcyclists”
HERE pdf 149kb
Norwegian Motorcyclists Win
Fight Against Cable Barriers!
ACEM handbook for Road
Planners and Engineers
Click on “Technical Gateway” – “Motorcycling”
Director Of Public Affairs
The UK's Leading Riders' Rights Organisation