John Hampson from Howards Grass has expressed concern over the new endstop Armco safety barriers, like this one in Dawson Stree
John Hampson from Howards Grass has expressed concern over the new endstop Armco safety barriers, like this one in Dawson Stree

Safety barriers labelled bike killers

By DOMINIC FEAIN dominic.feain@northernstar.com HOWARDS Grass motorcyclist John Hampson believes the Roads and Traffic Authority’s new safety barriers are a major hazard.

The RTA is installing new impact absorbing ‘endstops’ on existing roadside guardrails across the Northern Rivers.

The endstops are designed to ‘grab onto’ colliding cars and stop them deflecting off into oncoming traffic.

Where the old endstops consisted of a rounded piece of galvanised steel, the new ones are constructed from a thick flat piece of steel with a flange down each side which is designed to catch the impacting vehicle.

Mr Hampson believes the new endstops will result in serious injury to motorcyclists.

“The designers have given no consideration to bike riders,” he said.

“If anybody happens to hit these things at 100 or even 50km/h they are going to do substantial damage.”

Mr Hampson believes motorcyclists are at serious risk of losing limbs which will catch on the flanges.

“We contacted the manufacturers, Armco, back in September and they said it wasn’t their responsibility.

“We then contacted (local member) Thomas George who sent a submission to the NSW Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal and the NSW Stay Safe Committee.

“We haven’t heard from the minister and the Stay Safe Committee told us the barriers were not in their guidelines of inquiry at the moment.

“It’s just like the ‘cheese-cutter wires’ dividing the traffic on the Pacific Highway. It’s the same thing all over again. There’s no consideration for bike riders.”

Ronny Gordon, the president of the Northern Rivers chapter of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club has been concerned about the endstops for some time. “These things are bike killers and they are going to tear riders’ limbs off,” he said. “They are designed by blokes who sit in offices all day.”



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