Device may boost quad bike safety

Roll bars could reduce accidents

JACK MONTGOMERIE
Last updated 14:26 29/08/2014
Fairlie farmer Charles Anderson
JOHN BISSET/Fairfax NZ

STEADY DOES IT: Fairlie farmer Charles Anderson with the anti-roll bar he has fitted to his quad bike.

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A South Canterbury man thinks the anti-roll bar he designed could reduce quad bike accidents.

Farmer and rural contractor Charles Anderson, of Fairlie, said he was inspired to design the retractable "anti-roll bars" after learning of several fatal and serious accidents involving quad bikes rolling over.

"I was just getting sick of reading about all these accidents. I couldn't believe there were that many."

Quad bike accidents have caused several deaths and thousands of injuries in New Zealand in recent years, and are the second most common cause of accidental death in rural communities, after road vehicle crashes.

Anderson believed the device he designed was an improvement on commercially available roll bars built to stop rolled bikes crushing their riders.

"This device helps stop the thing rolling in the first place," he said.

Anderson did not plan to patent the design, which consists of two telescopic bars connected to a steel frame and levers to deploy the bars when the driver was on steep ground.

"I just like the thrill of making something that hasn't been made," he said.

Anderson hoped someone with engineering expertise would test and mass-produce the bars to reduce the rate of quad bike accidents.

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- The Timaru Herald

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