Evaluation procedures of motorcyclist roadside protection devices

Motorcyclists represent a large proportion of casualties in relation to their number, and impacts against crash barriers result in more than 10 per cent of motorcyclist deaths in Europe. Since 1998, LIER has been using a specific test protocol in order to assess the protection level offered by systems adapted to road restraint systems. This protocol concerns motorcyclists sliding on the ground then hitting the barrier and is presented in the paper. In July 2008, CEN Technical Committee on Road Equipment (TC226) agreed on a resolution to develop a European standard to reduce the impact severity of motorcyclist collisions with safety barriers. EN 1317 standard will be updated with the introduction of a new Part (EN 1316 - Part 8) The main content of the Part 8 draft is presented: it concerns at the moment only the evaluation of the performance level of road barriers when a motorcyclist is sliding along the ground and hits the barrier. Test procedures are described for evaluating impacts against continuous or discontinuous protection devices. Performance classes are defined, depending on the impact speed and on biomechanical indices values taken for measurement on a dummy. These test procedures have to be used together with the existing parts of EN1317 in performing tests with cars and/or heavy vehicles to verify that motorcyclist protection devices do not decrease the global performance for other road users.


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  • Pagination: 5p (oral presentations)
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 279

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  • Accession Number: 01382614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:24PM