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Motorcycle Safety

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Motorcycle Safety

Florida’s sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and scenic highways make it a popular place for motorcycle enthusiasts. The State also hosts popular motorcycle rallies such as Biketoberfest® and Daytona Bike Week. Florida’s growing population and popularity with motorcycle enthusiasts make motorcycle safety an important issue.

In February 2008, a multi-disciplinary team of national experts on motorcycle safety conducted an assessment of Florida’s motorcycle safety efforts. As a result, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and motorcycle safety stakeholders throughout the state, developed the Motorcycle Safety Strategic Plan (MSSP). The plan details the strategies used to address rider training, impaired riding, helmet and protective gear use, unlicensed riders, and motorist awareness.

The MSSP helps stakeholders focus funding and resources on the areas with the greatest opportunity to reduce motorcycle fatalities, serious injuries, and crashes. The MSSP supplements and expands on the Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan by providing more detailed strategies and action steps to improve motorcycle safety in Florida. The MSSP is designed to provide a comprehensive strategy to address motorcycle safety issues by identifying goals, strategies, action steps, and performance measures for key program areas. The five-year plan provides guidance to the FDOT Motorcycle Safety Program and key stakeholders concerned with improving motorcycle safety.

Safety Grants


Our Partners


Motorcycle Safety Grants (Section 2010)

Florida funds motorcycle safety grants for programs addressing the goals and objectives of the Motorcycle Safety Strategic Plan and the Strategic Highway Safety Plan.  See the grant requirements.

The Section 2010 Motorcyclist Safety Grants program was authorized under SAFETEA-LU. It is administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the federal level and the State Safety Office (SSO) at the state level. This program provides grants to states that adopt and implement effective programs to reduce the number of crashes involving motorcyclists.

Education Campaigns

Motorcycle Safety Coalition

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Our Partners

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP)
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Leon County Sheriffs Office
Institute of Police Technology and Management U.S. Insurance Services
Motorcycle Safety Foundation Jacksonville Fire Rescue
Indian River Fire and Rescue Cambridge Systematics
Hillsborough County Public Works Suncoast Safety Council
Hagen Consulting Services Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Orlando Harley Davidson/Riders Edge National Highway Transportation Safety Administration
Florida Motorcycle Dealers Association/Motorcycle Industry Council  


Ride Smart Florida Florida Law Enforcement Liaison
Motorcycle Strategic Safety Plan 2011 Motorcycles Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
Laws, Licensing and Registrations 2011 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
2012 Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2012 Florida Dept. of Health Motorcycle Safety Report



For more information contact Edith Peters @ (850) 414-4043