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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

PennDOT Reminds Drivers to Share Road with Motorcycles

PennDOT Reminds Drivers to Share Road with Motorcycles

Harrisburg – With Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in full gear across Pennsylvania, PennDOT today reminded all drivers to share the road and watch for motorcycles.

“Warmer weather brings an increase in motorcycle traffic, and it is essential for operators of all types of vehicles to look out for one another,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Driving in a courteous manner, curbing aggressive behavior, and obeying the law are positive ways motorists and motorcyclists can safely share the road.”

There were more than 3,700 crashes involving motorcycles on Pennsylvania roadways in 2009, resulting in 204 motorcyclist fatalities. The number of registered motorcycles in Pennsylvania increased in 2009 by nearly 3,000, while the number of licensed motorcyclists rose by 12,000.

By virtue of their smaller size and differences in maneuverability, motorcycles present unique challenges to cyclists and other drivers. Motorcycles are often hidden in a motorist’s blind spot or masked by objects or backgrounds outside a vehicle. For that reason, motorists should double-check blind spots, and rearview and side mirrors before changing lanes or making turns.

While sharing the road with motorcycles, motorists should also remember to:
• Respect a motorcycle as a full-size vehicle, and remember the motorcyclist has the same privileges as any motorist on the roadway.
• Always allow a motorcyclist the full-lane width – never try to share a lane.
• Keep your distance and allow extra space between your vehicle and the motorcycle.
• Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
• Remember, road and weather conditions that typically are minor annoyances to motorists may pose major hazards to motorcyclists.

“No matter what type of vehicle you drive, we all must take personal responsibility to ensure everyone’s safety on the roadways,” Biehler added.

Additional safety tips for motorists sharing the road with motorcycles are available on PennDOT’s website,, under the Traffic Safety Information Center. Motorcyclists can find additional safety tips and much more by visiting the interactive website,


Anonymous said...

I realize most riders are considerate, but how about those that are not? Don't you just love those that get right up on your bumper and pass you on a double line? When they are on my bumper I would love to touch my brakes but I don't want a 300 pound, long haired, pierced and tatooed guy stuffed in my backseat...

Anonymous said...

I respect the drivers that deserve respect. However, those that choose to ride the center lines are challenging death. I ask that the motorcyclists also respect the vehicle drivers.

Anonymous said...

I agree. It always seems to be the car drivers that get the lecture about respecting motorcycles on the road but how about the motorcycles showing the same respect for vehicle drivers by using turn signals, not weaving in and out of traffic when it is backed up, passing at neck breaking speeds in a no passing zone etc.

Andy said...

I remember that I have to share the road with them but tell them not to take advantage of it. They pull out in front of you, pass you on either side and are generally rude. We're always looking out for the Motorcycles but they don't look out for us. I've come to the point where they aren't any better than me and if they want to play stupid then I will play stupid back. I see them pulling stupid stunts all the time and unfortunately I don't believe in the "no helmet required" law...I think that is the stupidest law that was ever passed. I think if you are going to ride then you need to wear a helmet. There has been more motorcycle crash deaths since they passed that law than there was when you had to wear one. Motorcyclist have nothing around them and I don't care how much leather you doesn't protect a very vital part of your body...your head is a very important part and when it smacks against the pavement, guardrails or whatever it doesn't hold up very well without protection. Until I see them acting like civilized people they are just another vehicle on the road. It's not fair that we have to watch out for them and they do as they please.

Jerry Larkin said...

BLAH BLAH BLAH I've been a motorcycle rider for more than thirty years yes I've seen my fare share of bike riders making stupid mistakes. They should be held accountable and ticketed or privlidges revoked. But helmet or not a motorcycle does not stand a chance against a car or truck so please like the man said LOOK TWICE The life you save may be someone close to you. Thank You

rockharley2 said...

so you would like to kill someone for are sick

Anonymous said...

Yes death for tailgaters, ya gotta start somewhere.

Maybe if we get the little things right, the big ones will take care of themselves.

Anonymous said...

My only problem with bikers is when they ride side by side, this should not happen, single file like the cars and trucks drive!