Every motorcyclist understands the benefits of powered two-wheelers as a quick and reliable way to get through traffic in busy urban areas. As one of the most densely populated nations in the world, keeping the Netherland’s road network moving is a complex task, now made easier by the use of BMW bikes.
Since October, Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) began using a fleet of BMW R1200RT motorcycles to help keep traffic moving and enhance safety on some of the country’s busiest routes.
Rijkswaterstaat is the executive arm of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands. Thirty-four of its road inspectors have been trained by the Police Academy to ride the BMW R1200RT, which will be deployed on routes with a high degree of incidents, or where safety lanes are missing and at ‘rush-hour’ times.
By using a motorcycle, road inspectors have a shorter response time, resulting in resolving the incident much quicker, and as a result, also shorten the traffic jams caused by the incident. Naturally, the earlier a road inspector is present, the faster the incident handling process is started, especially at the sort of places where incident locations are difficult to reach. Therefore, a road inspector on a BMW RT adds significant value, according to Karin Visser, Chief Engineer Director of Rijkswaterstaat, who said,“I believe that with the use of the road inspector on a motorcycle, Rijkswaterstaat makes a positive contribution to incident management – and with that, the security on the road network is enhanced.”
The fleet of 20 BMW R1200RT motorcycles, complete with hi-visibility paintwork, reflective piping, special top case for fold-out safety cones, engine and bodywork protection, and flashing safety lights, have been specially adapted for Rijkswaterstaat’s road inspectors, allowing them to not only be fast to the scene of an incident, but also remain safe and visible in heavy traffic.
“We are delighted to deliver the motorcycles to Rijkswaterstaat,” said Edgar Kleinbergen, Manager BMW Motorrad in The Netherlands. “These motorcycles can directly contribute to increase safety on the Dutch roads. For BMW Motorrad this is a great recognition of the reliability and safety of our products and a wonderful compliment to our organization.”