Concerned cyclists have launched a massive petition against the Highways Agency decision to install steel wire barriers along part of the new stretch of the A11 at Elveden.
The A11 Riders Action Group is challenging the use of the barriers which motor cyclists say are more dangerous and can cause ‘catastrophic’ injuries to riders compared to solid crash barriers.
The group joins road safety charity BRAKE, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Federation of European Motorcyclists and the British Motorcycle Federation among others in condemning the use of such barriers.
The upright posts and wire struts act like ‘cheese graters’ should a cyclist hit them at speed. They are used to prevent cross over accidents on dual carriageways.
Simon Frampton, who now has more than 4,000 signatures on an e-petition, said: “The purpose of our campaign is to have this type of barrier banned, or rather dropped from the Highways Agency approved product list. It is not an idea, there have been calls all over Europe and the world.” Mr Fletcher, said the barriers also posed dangers to drivers of convertible cars.
In a report to BRAKE, civil engineer Professor John Knapton, also highlights the dangers to motorcyclists.
A Highways Agency spokeswoman has said that wire rope safety fences were installed because they are ‘a compliant, approved system’ and deemed ‘an appropriate safety measure for the location’. The road along this section was straight and had no accident history regarding motorcyclists.