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Manhole covers are an irrelevance to motorists. Make ‘em as slippy as you like, with four wheels a car just ain’t gonna slide.
But for two-wheelers, slippy manhole covers are a real problem. In the wet, motorcyclists and cyclists need to avoid manhole covers, if they value their lives.
Intelligent design to the rescue. On 24th June there will be the official launch of a non-slip manhole cover, a product cooked-up by Saint-Gobain Pipelines.
“This Saint-Gobain Pipelines’ innovation has been specifically developed to tackle one of the major problems facing road users on two wheels - metal access covers, worn smooth by decades of traffic, which become slippery and offer minimal grip. It has been extensively trialled by Bristol City Council in consultation with local road users and is set to make life safer for motorcyclists and cyclists across the UK.”
Every little helps.