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Road Design & Traffic Engineering

3.1 Summary

The creation, enhancement and maintenance of highway infrastructure require appropriate consideration of the dimensions and dynamic stability of motorcycles. Designers need to “think bike” and this will involve:

  • Sourcing input from suitably trained and experienced riders to inform designs at an early stage and prevent the inadvertent inclusion of features that exacerbate safety risks for riders;
  • Understanding the key relationship between the road surface and motorcycle braking, steering and accelerating;
  • Exploring new ideas and trialling initiatives (for example, allowing motorcycles to use bus lanes); and
  • Taking steps to ensure that any proposed traffic calming schemes will not present unintentional yet serious safety risks to motorcyclists.