Good Morning Team!
May is a very busy month for numerous nationwide organizations in awareness and safety. National Electrical Safety Month, Clean Air Month, Trauma Awareness Month, National Water Safety Month, National Child Passenger Safety Month, Mental Health Month, and Better Hearing Month are just a few of the those so named by these various organizations. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has named May as Motorcycle Safety Month which also coincides with the League of American Bicyclists and their National Bike Month. These two are the focus of today’s safety message. First, let’s look at a few numbers concerning the motorcycle and bicycle.
There were over 8 million motorcycles registered in the US in 2017. Bicyclists in the US in 2017 were estimated at 47.5 million people. Over 5200 fatalities in accidents involving motorcycles were recorded in the US in 2016. That was a 5.1% increase in the numbers from 2015 and was the second highest number of fatalities recorded in over two decades. Bicycle fatalities average 600-800 yearly, though 2016 saw a spike of 840 deaths. Preliminary results of more recent data suggest that these numbers for both groups have fallen slightly, but remain significant. Remember though, these are the accidents that resulted in fatalities. In 2017, the estimated number of accidents involving motorcycles was more than 125,000 and more than 45,000 for those involving bicycles.
Regardless of the numbers, it is easy to understand that an accident on either of these two-wheeled devices will expose their riders to significant chance of injury or death. I should also mention that more and more scooters and motorized skateboards seem to be showing up on our streets. Therefore, it is vitally important for all of us to step up our awareness of these vehicles and share the roads responsibly. Here are just a few things for us 4, or more, wheeled drivers to watch out for:
Here are a few things for you motorcycle and bicycle riders to keep in mind:
With all the nice weather, here in the Wichita area anyway, more and more folks are getting out on their motorcycles and bicycles to enjoy it and this requires us to be especially aware as we share the roadways with them. Let’s all be on the look-out for one another.
Have a very safe and productive week.