A motorcycle rider must have skill,
knowledge and a responsible attitude to
operate a motorcycle safely. The thought of
safety first must be present for every ride.
Riding a motorcycle can be an
enjoyable experience, but riding can also
be a high-risk activity. Motorcycles are not
like a vehicle with four or more wheels.
Two-wheeled vehicles are smaller and
less stable. A rider who loses control of
a motorcycle or is involved in a collision
will likely receive a serious injury. In some
cases, even death can be the result.
New riders have a greater risk of being in
a collision than experienced riders. Lack of
practice with the control and safe handling
of a two-wheeled vehicle is a major factor.
Even drivers who have experience with
other types of vehicles are beginners when
learning to operate a motorcycle.
In an average year collisions involving
motorcycle riders where there was injury
• 42 people were killed and 852 injured
• motorcycle riders under the age of 25
had the highest involvement rate per
1,000 licensed drivers. In particular, 16
to 17 year olds had the highest rate
• the most common improper actions of
motorcycle riders were running off the
road (45%), following too closely (18%),
or passing unsafely (8%)
• compared to drivers of other types of
vehicles, motorcycle riders were most
likely to have consumed alcohol before
• dry roads were present 85% of the time
Those wishing to ride a motorcycle
should not attempt to do so without
full knowledge of how to operate one.
The operation requires the complex
coordination of clutch, throttle, and
brakes, in varying traffic conditions.
The Office of Traffic Safety strongly
recommends that anyone wanting to learn
to ride should obtain training and education
from a licensed motorcycle rider training
school. New knowledge and skills will be
learned, as will how to avoid or reduce
the risk of dangerous situations. For more
information regarding rider training schools,
please refer to your local directory.
Riding a motorcycle is not like driving
a car, or riding a bicycle or moped. Some
people make the mistake of thinking they
can get on a motorcycle and ride. This
has led to deaths. Also, for this reason, a
rider should not lend his or her motorcycle
to anyone who has not had training in
riding and does not hold a valid class 6
For the safety of all drivers, riders and
pedestrians, everyone in control of a vehicle
must cooperate with other road users, and
follow all laws and regulations.