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Over two thousand bikes rode out in protest at the condition of the road surfaces and the danger of the crash barriers to those who choose two wheeled transport. Size didn’t matter, neither did colour or make, the only important thing was to be there engines running and placards waving. Many of the riders wore red t-shirts to symbolise the blood and lives lost.
Many of the riders wore red shirts to simulate the blood lost 24.11.2007
- It was a brotherhood of bikers motoring out in a common cause, to prevent accidents and save lives and limbs. Bike riders have long complained of the proliferation of crash barriers, which they describe as long sharp knives which kill at only 30 kilometres an hour and claim that far from saving their lives they have actually mutilated and killed riders. There is an alternative solution, a bonded double rail which is part plastic or some other shock absorbent material, but protests so far have fallen on deaf ears. Added to that is a long list of complaints about road conditions which includes slippery paint used for road markings, soil washing onto the road surface, drain covers, holes in the road and sump oil dripped by uncaring car drivers.
The Spanish RACE estimate that whilst the bikers make up 15.2 per cent of drivers on the Spanish roads, almost one in four, 23 per cent, of those who are killed in road accidents are of this group and that they have three times as much likelihood of having an accident.
A hefty 15 per cent of those bikers who drove into crash barriers died and a further 60 per cent were seriously injured. Riders claim that if the authorities are serious about cutting down on accident figures they should be looking at the needs of bikes as well as cars.
The tinerfeñan protest was part of a national campaign that saw tens of thousands of bikers riding in Indian file all over the country and included many of the country’s well known stage and screen stars as well as professional motorbike riders.