‘Keep motorcyclists safe;’ AAA reminds drivers to be cautious during Bike Safety Awareness Month

Bike riding is starting to become more prevalent across the area.

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AAA says riding bikes and motorcycles are fun but can also be dangerous, according to a spokesperson.

May is National Bike Safety Awareness Month and AAA is reminding people to take precautions on the roadway this spring and summer.

Motorcycles account for 14% of all deadly traffic crashes, 17% of all occupant deadly crashes, and 3% of all occupant injuries, according to the National Safety Council.

At least 5,900 people have died in motorcycle crashes nationwide, an increase of eight percent from 2020 to 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

“The rise in motorcycle fatalities needs to be addressed and motorists are reminded to safely ‘Share the Road’ with motorcycles and to be extra alert when driving to help keep motorcyclists safe,” says Kara Hitchens, spokesperson for AAA. “Motorcyclists are also reminded of their responsibility to keep themselves as safe as possible by following the rules of the road, being alert to other drivers, and never driving while impaired or distracted.”

Nearly 1,000 bicyclists were hit and killed in traffic crashes in 2021, according to NHTSA.

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AAA has this advice for drivers:

  • Share the road

  • Look out

  • Anticipate a motorcyclist’s maneuvers

  • Allow plenty of space

AAA also his advice for all bikes:

  • Make yourself visible

  • Allow space

  • Never share a lane beside a car

  • Clearly signal your intentions

  • Wear protective gear.

  • Helmet

  • Eye protection

  • Body Protection

  • Gloves

  • Footwear

  • Complete a rider education and training course