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Central Coast, CA



Posted - 06/07/2018 :  9:59 AM                       Like
Long ago when I signed up to download a copy of the MAIDS European motorcycle crash study, I got on a mailing list for FEMA, the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations. Their newsletters often have information of interest wherever motorcycles are in use, not just Europe.

Today for example, they announced a position paper on roadway design, Improving Infrastructure Safety for Powered Two-Wheelers (16-page PDF). One topic in this paper is guardrails that are less dangerous to motorcyclists. California is looking at that too, specifically at this barrier.

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Meridian, ID


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Posted - 06/09/2018 :  7:42 PM
Those look like they protect riders from sliding under them. What about what's on top?

I know along highway 160 along the Sacramento river between Antioch and Sacramento, if a rider were to hit the guardrail and slide along the top edge for any distance he would be torn into big chunks.

If you look at the roadway view here, you can see what those guardrails with the metal posts look like: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.249...13312!8i6656
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