One of Australia’s leading road safety consultancies, Safe System Solutions, has recommended that OmniGrip CST be considered as a skid resistant pavement marking to reduce the loss of friction between tyres and the road surface. This is because large areas of paint-based pavement markings can be slippery when wet.

Surfacing solutions like OmniGrip CST have more durable skid-resistance and colour rentention than paint-based products. CST can be used to replace traditional paint-based markings, such as turn arrows, gateway treatments, rumble strips and perceptual linemarkings.

A well-known safety issue for motorcycle riders is a wheel sliding or skidding on a low-friction surface. That could be a large painted pavement marking, an area of ‘fatty’ bitumen binder, or a metal cover or lid on a service pit. Using a coloured textured surface like OmniGrip CST as a skid-resistant pavement marking increases friction, reducing the likelihood of a rider losing control and crashing.

it should be considered for use on popular motorcycle routes where a loss of friction between the motorcycle tyre and road surface or painted areas/lines can result in a crash

Dr Tana Tan, Research and Evaluation Lead, Safe System Solutions in Motorbike Writer, 12th March 2020

OmniGrip CST isn’t used in place of traditional edgeline and centreline linear linemarking; but as Dr Tana Tan explains in online motorcycling magazine Motorbike Writer, they’re less likely to be ridden on by riders. CST can be used to replace painted pavement markings and other large painted areas within the wheel paths of traffic lanes, in white or other colours.

In addition to its safety benefits for motorcycle riders, OmniGrip CST is also the preferred bike lane surface of Cycling Victoria. For more information about OmniGrip CST and its uses, see our OmniGrip CST product page.