Fatalities among motorcyclists are projected to fall to 4,584 once all of the 2014 numbers are tallied, marking the second consecutive year deaths have decreased.
The latest study seems to indicate that riders are better off splitting lanes than ever before.
Riding a motorcycle provides the thrill of the open road in a way cars often can't compete with. However with little protecting riders, they aren't the safest choice of transportation. A preliminary report from Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that cycle fatalities might be lower in 2013 than 2012, but the reason has nothing to do with the bikes.
Scared straight. That seems to be the tactic of a new advertising campaign from Transport for London, which shows a man lying on his back in motorcycle gear with a broken and battered bike not far from his broken and battered body. Surrounded by paramedics, the man, who's mouth is moving but nothing else, says, "I'm going into cardiac arrest now. Silly place to overtake, really. Still, you live and learn – don't you?"
Just imagine for a moment that you're driving across a long stretch of secluded desert highway, and suddenly you see a hand waving at you from inside the vehicle in the rearview mirror. While this might seem like the stuff of scary urban legends, it is exactly what happened to a man last week as he was driving his Nissan pickup through California's High Desert.
Safety advocacy is a touchy subject when it comes to the motoring world. After all, everyone has heard the warnings about buckling up, drinking and driving, and more recently, the dangers of distracted driving. And while we applaud the intent of these messages, we can't help but have our doubts about how effective most of these campaigns are. Still, there are many different approaches to the road safety public service announcement genre, and we've seen a few genuinely stirring takes on the matte
How far is too far? In a recent press release, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made a plea to the federal government to require anti-lock braking systems on all motorcycles sold in the U.S. The group cites a newly-released study showing 22 percent fewer damage claims are made on motorcycles with ABS compared to non-equipped models, in part, as justification for the law.
In a preliminary report, the Governors Highway Safety Association recently indicated a 10% drop in motorcycle related fatalities around the U.S. in 2009. This decline marks the first such improvement in over a decade as deaths have been on the rise consistently from 1997 onward.
Picture this: It's ten minutes after five o'clock, you're heading north on the 405 freeway, leaving Los Angeles. You won't appreciate your favorite two-wheeled conveyance much more than at this moment. If you spend time traveling through California, you know the practice of lane-splitting can shave hours off of an otherwise grueling commute. The act of passing slowed or stopped cars between lanes, however, appeared to be limited to to the Golden State, with slim hopes of spreading east. Until no
Picture this: It's ten minutes after five o'clock, your heading north on the 405 freeway, leaving Los Angeles. Few times will you appreciate your favorite two wheeled transportation more than this moment. For any of us that spend time traveling through California, we know the practice of lane-splitting can shave hours off of an otherwise grueling commute. However the act of passing slowed or stopped cars between lanes appeared for a time as if it were banished to Golden State, with slim hopes of
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Male members of society have long concerned themselves over the potential harm that could possibly be done by riding a two-wheeled machine. The issue first crept into the public consciousness over a decade ago as professional cyclists would torture themselves with the smallest and lightest slab of a seat as possible in an effort to gain a competitive edge, but the issue has recently come back up regarding motorcycles and scooters as well. This, despite the generally well-padded nature of most mo
After a three-year study by Transport for London was completed and showed that opening London's bus lanes to motorcyclists would improve safety for the two-wheelers without having any effect on the safety of anyone else, Mayor Boris Johnson announced that he'd allow motorcycles access to the red route lanes for a trial period beginning on January 5th. This move should not only improve safety but it should also make it quicker and easier for bikers to travel through London, which will have the de
Starting with the KLX 250S, which scores an excellent 70 miles per gallon, Kawasaki has 23 motorcycles that get 33 miles per gallon or better. In case you were wondering, that is every single bike that the manufacturer makes, including beasts such as the Ninja ZX-10R and the 1.4-liter ZX-14. To highlight the possible fuel savings that a two-wheeled vehicle offers over its four-wheeled and enclosed cousins, Team Green has created a new micro-site that shows you each model and its mpg rating.
Click on the image above for high-resolution shots of the Aprilia Scarabeo 200
Other than a helmet (which many don't even want to wear), there is little protection for motorcyclists in the event of an accident. A company by the name of Impact Jackets has been selling motorcycle jackets with airbags for a few years, but at $500, many find the price too high. A Baltimore man can likely provide a terrific rebuttal to the high cost argument since the jacket saved him from plenty of pain after he was thrown 100 feet from his bike. Amazingly, the airbag jacket-wearing rider walk