“May has been the traditional start of the riding season for many people across the country as the weather warms up and the days get longer,” said Erik Pritchard, President and CEO of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. “That’s why now is a great time to remind riders to actively watch out for motorcyclists and for riders waking their bikes from hibernation to do a thorough inspection before riding. It’s also a good idea to take the time to brush up on your driving skills, ideally with a safety course.”
Motorcycles and their riders have a smaller profile than cars and trucks, and they can be easily overlooked. “We encourage drivers to use their turn signals, reduce speed and be alert while driving, especially when changing lanes,” Pritchard continued. “Please don’t forget to #SeeMotorcycles.”
Motorcycle and scooter sales rose 14.2% in 2021, the second consecutive year of growth, and since 2019 sales have increased 21.8%, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council Retail Sales Reporting System, which brings together new data on motorcycle and scooter retail sales from 14 major manufacturers and distributors in the United States
“The demand for biker training is also robust,” Pritchard said. “The Motorcycle Safety Foundation saw an estimated 48% increase in registrations in 2021 compared to 2020, and early data from 2022 indicates a continuing trend.”
In a recent Motorcycle Industry Council survey of motorcycle owners, 57% said they plan to use their motorcycles more since petrol prices have risen. And of those planning to use their bike more often, 69% said they would use it to get around, 69% for day trips and 59% for errands and shopping.
“These are all indicators that more people will be riding this year, so it is the responsibility of all road users to look out for each other,” MSF RiderCoach Armene Piper, owner of Clutch Motorcycle School, told Loveland, Colorado. “Riding a motorcycle is such a fun way to get around. But a rider’s number one priority should be safety. That means following the rules of the road, wearing safety gear every time they ride, and using smart street strategies.”
Further advice for riders and riders can be found on the Motorcycle Safety Foundation websites: msf-usa.org and forcarddrivers.com. Users can also test their perception and knowledge with timed challenges and quizzes. (https://www.msf-usa.org/RiderPerception.aspx)
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the nation’s leading safety resource and advocate for motorcyclists, creates education and training systems for motorcyclists of all experience levels. For those looking to get into riding, formal motorcycle training, such as the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Training RiderRoutes, is one of the best ways to learn. MSF also offers refresher courses and advanced skills courses for experienced riders.
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