IS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY IMPORTANT TO YOU?

The month of May is widely accepted in the United States as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. I’m not sure who started this tradition but many organizations tout it including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA), Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and others.

If you are like me and have been around the motorcycle industry for any length of time, this is probably not news to you. And like me… it is also probably likely that while you have been aware of it, you have never done anything to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

To support this theory, I conducted a little social network experiment yesterday and posted the following to my Twitter account (www.twitter.com/BikerSwag) throughout the day:

May is recognized as Motorcycle Awareness Month. What plans do you have to help promote it? I’m looking for ideas.

I’m looking for some good ideas on how to promote Motorcycle Awareness Month to the non-riding public… got any?

My response? Nada, Zilch, Zippo. This is not exactly a scientific process but with nearly 700 “motorcycle-interested” people following me, I didn’t get one response from even one person saying they were doing anything to promote motorcycle awareness in May. Now, I know there are those are actively doing so but my guess is that most of us who are the most concerned about motorcycle safety do little to promote it. That’s going to change for me this year. Here are five things I plan to do this week in honor of Motorcycle Safety Month:

1 – Post something on my RANT to encourage my fellow riders to promote motorcycle safety. (You are reading it now) Here are links you should check out.

http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/motorcycles/ShareTheRoad/index.cfm

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Motorist_Awareness_tips.pdf

2 – Post MSF’s article “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles” on all of my Social Networking sites and ask all of my friends to read it.

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Motorist_Awareness_tips.pdf

3 – Print out and post MSF’s article “Ten Things All Car & Truck Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles” in the break room of my office building.

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Motorist_Awareness_tips.pdf

4 – Invite a less experienced rider to ride with me next weekend. (I remember when I first started riding how helpful it was to ride with an experienced rider who took their time with me.)

5 – Post a link to the Tennessee Motorcycle Rider Education Program webpage on my website.

Motorcycle safety and particularly awareness by other motorists is something I am very concerned about. What about you? Is this something you care about? Will my 5 actions above make a difference? Please leave your comments below.

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7 responses

  1. One of the things I do and will continue to do in May is promote Ruben Torres’ blog, Better Motorcycling – http://bettermotorcycling.wordpress.com/. Ruben is “21 year veteran police officer, a crash specialist, member of the motor unit” and a motorcyclist.

    His blog contains a wealth of information regarding motorcycle safety. I could go on about his blog, but the would not do it justice…it is a must visit site, I recommend visiting on a regular basis. I also have a link to his blog at my blog site.

    Faceyman

    May 2, 2010 at 1:28 PM

  2. I agree Faceyman… I have a link to that site as well… good stuff.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:55 PM

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  4. You asked…. I plan to do a blog about it and I will research all the sites you recommend, as well as the one that Faceyman suggested. I actually read that blog and find it quite interesting (and the “fatalities” section very disturbing but, it makes ya think).
    One thing I would like to say. I am a 55 year old female. I know that growing older has made it harder to muscle the big bikes around. I have been on a quest to find a trike that feels like a “real” motorcycle and leans. I dont want one because Im a wuss, its because I may get hurt…or hurt someone else because of my age limitations. Look at the statistics for motorcycle accidents with riders 45 and older! If you really want to talk about the future of safety in motorcycling, that may be a place to consider.
    Thanks for the ideas!!

    May 3, 2010 at 9:21 PM

  5. I’m an instructor. I’ll teach several times this month. I’m also doing some blog posts. Hope that qualifies! 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

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  7. Great post!

    Sadly in NZ, public officials haven’t helped the safety of motorcyclists by having been caught out fudging accident data for revenue-gatthering and perhaps political agendas. This means the major root causes of motorcycle accidents won’t be properly addressed. This is a warning for motorcyclists all over the world!

    If you’re interested in the background: http://geoffjames.blogspot.com/2010/05/motorcycle-accidents-half-truths-and.html.

    Best wishes,

    Geoff in New Zealand

    May 27, 2010 at 8:58 PM

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