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Vulnerable Road Users - Motorcyclists

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Background

Motorcyclist fatalities (operators and passengers) began an accelerated decline from a high of 550 fatalities in 2006 to 383 fatalities in 2010. In 2010, the 25-34 age group accounted for more fatalities (86) than any other age group. Riders 55-64 years old accounted for the second highest number of deaths (64). Of the motorcyclists killed in 2010 only 10 were female.

Florida is host to a number of extremely large national motorcycle enthusiast events which are attended by throngs of out-of-state motorcyclists; interestingly 90.2 percent of riders injured in motorcycle crashes are Florida residents. Volusia, Palm Beach, Orange, Miami-Dade, Broward, Brevard, Duval, and Hillsborough Counties account for the largest number of motorcyclist fatalities.

Strategies

  1. Collect and analyze data on motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities and provide local and state agencies with the best available data to make appropriate and timely decisions that improve motorcycle safety.
  2. Manage motorcycle safety activities as part of a comprehensive plan that includes centralized program planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation to maximize the effectiveness of programs and reduce duplication of effort.
  3. Promote the value of personal protective gear in reducing motorcyclist injury levels and increasing rider conspicuity.
  4. Ensure persons operating a motorcycle on public roadways hold an endorsement specifically authorizing motorcycle operation.
  5. Promote new and experienced rider training by qualified instructors at state-approved training centers.
  6. Reduce the number of alcohol, drug, and speed-related motorcycle crashes.
  7. Support legislative initiatives that promote motorcycle related traffic laws and regulations.
  8. Ensure state and local motorcycle safety programs include law enforcement and emergency services components.
  9. Incorporate motorcycle friendly policies and practices into roadway design, traffic control, construction, operation, and maintenance.
  10. Increase the visibility of motorcyclists by emphasizing rider conspicuity and motorist awareness of motorcycles.
  11. Develop and implement communications strategies that target high-risk populations and improve public awareness of motorcycle crash problems and programs.

Team Members

  • AAA Auto Club South
  • Florida Department of Health, Bureau of EMS
  • Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV)
  • Florida Rider Training Program
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Gold Wing Road Riders Association
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
  • Ryder Trauma Center - Miami
  • University of Central Florida Police Department
  • University of South Florida Center
    for Urban Transportation Research