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Old 06-21-2009, 09:24 AM   #1
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Motorcycle input on road conditions

Saw this on another forum I frequent. I suggest everyone take the survey to try to get the roadways a little more biker friendly.

The US Federal Highway Administration (US Dept of Transportation) appointed/selected a new "Motorcyclist Advisory Council" late last year, as part of their on-going efforts to make sure road construction & design policies address rider's needs (instead of just cagers & trucks).

Now that council is asking for your feedback on what roadway issues are critical to your riding, what needs to be addressed, etc. If you can spare five to ten minutes (or more, if you're particularly verbose about such things), they'd like you to take a survey before August 1st, so they can use the feedback for design criteria.

The survey is in 3 sections/pages, one for urban riding, one for rural riding, and one for highway/interstate riding. Each section has 10 questions with multiple-choice answers, plus a box for adding comments (use the box to note things like concrete rain grooving running in the same direction as traffic flow being a bad thing!).

Take Survey Here:

Specific things to think about:

1. Is the roadway and/or the emergency lanes (esp. interstate emergency lanes) filled with debris that could cause loss of traction or flats? Do they clean up well after accidents (broken glass, etc.) and is there any form of road cleaning in operation?

2. Is there a drop-off at the edge of the road that would keep you from recovering if you're force off-road for any reason? If so, recommend a standard that uses curbs of some kind at the edge of the roadway. A curved upswept curb instead of a hard-curb can be a recommendation (tends to push traffic back into traffic lanes without wheel damages).

3. Are crash barriers designed in such a way that they literally pose a huge risk if you go down? Are the barriers located too close to the traffic lanes? Recommend either using a safer barrier system (one with styrofoam around the stanchions or solid barriers). Cable barriers pose a particularly large risk if there is no cable within 12" of the ground.

4. Are there rain/traction grooves in the concrete running parallel to traffic, potentially causing your bike to wobble & track the pavement? Recommend a standard that places the rain grooves 35 to 90 degrees to the direction of traffic instead.

5. Is grating commonly used on bridges, overpasses, etc. in your area -- if so, recommend they install the grating at a 45 degree angle to the direction of traffic instead of the standard 0/90 degrees.

6. Slab joint height differences -- do the concrete slabs on your highways/interstates (esp. leading up to bridges & overpasses) a significant height difference that bounces you around?

7. Roadwork - is it common for them to put down loose gravel, to have large drop-offs without adequate warning (say before the previous exit), or to use metal plates over excavations without any form of traction material on the plates? Recommend tarring gravel immediately, angle-cutting drop-offs to prevent loss of traction & strike-risks, use of traction coatings on metal plates used over excavations, setting metal plates with stakes or into cut-outs to reduce strike-risk and movement risk from other traffic. Ask that start & end of drop-offs are illuminated 24/7 for your safety.

8. Is there a specific section of roadway that is particularly dangerous? If so, list it (actual road, city, and mile-markers, which you can pull from google maps).
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