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  1. Cable barriers may work well for cars and pickups but they are extremely hazardous to motorcyclists. Imagine what would happen to a human body that comes in contact with one of these “safety devices” at 60 – 70 mph. They’re called “cheese cutters” for good reason. They should be banned.

  2. I’d rather like to think you don’t support the dismemberment of motorcyclists, so please let me enlighten you.

    For years, these types of barriers were not installed on state or federal highways in Washington. The last stretch that was removed was on I-5 in Bellingham around 1998. This was due to the efforts of motorcyclists throughout the state.

    Motorcyclists have a distinct problem with these types of barriers. A soft mass hitting two wires at 60 mph will become three soft masses. It hasn’t happened in this state recently BECAUSE MROs lobbied for their removal. Motorcyclists hitting jersey barriers and guardrails have a much higher survival rate.

  3. The Road Warrior article on Wednesday discussing the merits of the new cable barriers for the median leaves me with a question of safety concerning them.

    What effect is the cable barrier going to have on a motorcyclist who happens to be unfortunate enough to hit it? The thin cables and small cross-section of the posts are probably going to do major damage to any body striking it during an accident.

    It would be bad enough to hit a guardrail, but it appears the cable barrier will be deadly to a motorcyclist.

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