Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:00PM (ET)

Motorcycle Safety in Florida: Where are we?

Florida’s sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and scenic highways make it a popular place for motorcycle enthusiasts, and the state is host to popular motorcycle rallies, such as Biketoberfest and Daytona Bike Week. Motorcycles are a mode of transportation that is more vulnerable to serious injuries and fatalities compared to other motor vehicles, such as cars and trucks. During the past decade, Florida has observed an unusual increase in serious motorcycle injuries and fatalities, and a continued increase in motorcycle registrations. As of July 2015, Florida had 1,185,787 drivers with motorcycle endorsements and 610,191 registered motorcycles, representing about 3.5% of registered vehicles (not including mobile homes and vessels) in Florida. Although it is difficult to measure the actual usage of motorcycles in Florida due to limitations in counting them with traffic detectors, it is estimated that motorcycles represents less than 1% of traffic on Florida’s roadways based on Florida vehicle classification information. However, motorcycle fatalities represented 18% of Florida traffic fatalities in 2015. Download Handout

This webinar will provide a general overview of trends over time for motorcycle crashes in Florida, including motorcycle owner demographics, training, and registration.

Presenter: Chanyoung Lee, PhD, Program Director, Motorcycle Injury Prevention, Center for Urban Transportation Research

Chanyoung Lee, PhD is Program Director of the Motorcycle Injury Prevention group at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). He is currently the principal investigator for several motorcycle safety research projects at CUTR. His primary research interest is the application of data science methods to a variety of traffic safety problems. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) motorcycle safety committee (ANF30).


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1 Comment
  1. This was an eye-opening talk on safety and motorcycles. I always knew that motorcycles were obviously more dangerous to drive on the road, but these statistics are overwhelmingly lopsided.

    That’s why it’s so important to drive defensively and always wear your gear, helmet being the most important.

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