Nick Haris of FIM’s Public Affairs Commission reports on developments in international research on road infrastructure
I recently presented at a meeting of the Transportation Research Board on Roadside Safety Design’s International Research Activities Subcommittee in Austin, Texas. The meeting focused on motorcycle safety and identifying ways to reduce the frequency and severity of roadway departure crashes through development of crash testing criteria. – Also, guidelines for transportation agencies making decisions on the installation of roadside safety features.
My presentation included highlighting issues on roadside barriers, and two, “Vision Zero” videos created in consultation with motorcycle activists in the San Francisco area. These videos are aimed at educating both drivers and riders.
Great Gear - Vision Zero SF
Of concern to the FIM and other speakers was the inclusion of the motorcyclist’s perspective when making decisions regarding the design and installation of roadside crash barriers. The presentations included both updates on current research into new barriers but also the opportunity to retrofit motorcycle friendly features onto existing infrastructure. In particular the DR-46 Motorcycle Barrier was featured as an example of an existing product that provides significant safety benefits, easy installation and affordability.
Over a dozen speakers from around the world provided their perspective on the subject. These included a presentation by Govinda Bhattarai General Secretary of NASA which is the Nepalese motorcycle and car federation. NASA is a member organization in both FIM and FIA.
He informed the conference that 79% of the registered vehicles on the road in Nepal are motorcycles (2,289,099 out of 2,883,428). Road safety work is a priority for NASA and in 2018 they organized a Road Safety film festival which FIM attended.
Read the full Report by Omar Zarour HERE