New protective device for crash barriers.

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Eamonn Townsend

New protective device for crash barriers.

Postby Eamonn Townsend » Sun Oct 29, 2000 12:00 am

A new concept to protect motorcyclists from the risk of colliding against crash barriers has been developped in Spain. It consists of a net set under the rail and preventing a body from sliding under it. An additional piece of protection exists to cover the sharp edges of the crash barrier post.

The company Toldos Aragon, which developped this device, mentions other possible advantages such as preventing crossing of small animals, reducing the effect of lateral wind, and, through the white colour chosen for the net, offers a better road visibility, which can be further improved by incorporating reflective devices into the net. FEMA welcomes this new intitiative to reduce the dangers caused by crash barriers to motorcycle riders. This is seen as another positive follow-up of the work FEMA has undertaken about crash barriers & motorcyclists (fully detailed on the Internet at :
http://www.nmcu.org/forskning/index.html).

Ten different devices or methods now exist to reduce risk to bikers from crash barriers, whether as prototype, or in some cases widely used throughout France and Germany, namely. These will be presented by FEMA, as well as other conclusions from its report on crash barriers and motorcyclists, at the International Motorcycle Safety Conference that will take place beginning of march 2001 in Orlando (Florida).

Contact :
Toldos Aragon S.L.
Ctra. Valencia, km6 (Polig. Pignatelli)
Tel : 34 976 50 48 57
Fax : 34 976 50 41 56

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