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More Motorcyclists on Roads, Safety Urged

AAA shares some tips on how to stay safe in this press release.

May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and AAA Southern New England advises motorists and motorcyclists alike to be more aware of the need to share the road safely.

During May – and of course, for the rest of the year - motorists and other road users are reminded to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe.

Based on the latest 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist fatalities increased slightly to 4,502, a figure that accounts for 14 percent of total fatalities for the year.

This rise – though slight -- resumes a 13-year trend that saw only a single one-year decline in 2009, when 4,462 motorcyclists were killed.

Prompted by rising gas prices and greater numbers of women and older riders, motorcycle purchases and registrations have exploded over the last decade.

Although 2011 figures aren’t compiled yet, NHTSA reports the Nutmeg State sustained 52 bike fatalities in 2010, compared to the 49 in 2009.

 “As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists are hitting the roads,” says Fran Mayko “And with that in mind, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers of all vehicles, including SUVs, passenger cars and trucks, need to be extra attentive and make sure they ‘share the road.’

Meanwhile, AAA offers these tips to keep drivers and bikers safe on the roadways.

As a motorist, it’s your responsibility to:

  • Give motorcycles the time and space to safely maneuver in traffic as they prepare to make turns, cross intersections and change lanes.  A motorcycle’s smaller profile makes it hard to see, especially at higher speeds, in dim light or at night.
  • Respect motorcyclists, who have full rights and privileges as any other motor vehicle on a roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width; never try to share a lane.
  • Allow more following distance – at least 3 to 4 seconds -- so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop. Tailgating can unsettle a rider, making him or her lose control.
  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.

 As a motorcyclist, it’s your responsibility to:           

  • Wear proper gear: a high-quality helmet, appropriate eye protection, footwear, and gloves; and bright, reflective riding apparel.
  • Make sure your bike is illuminated: clearly visible head- and taillights, operating turn and stop lamps. These are crucial to seeing and being seen on roadways.
Megan Bard (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Please keep the comments on topic and watch your tone. Thanks! Megan
Bob B June 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I'm sorry to let this go unanswered for so long, but I was involved in leading a petition drive to encourange Mayor Bloomberg of NYC to limit the size of candy bars that can be sold. Have you seen the size of those things in the movie theaters? And what about the popocorn? Really, who needs to eat that much? Our governments really need to crack down on what we can be permitted to do and eat or drink. And why would anyone want to name girls "Candy" or call their father "Pop"? I know a lot about history, and the size of these servings is unprecedented, believe me. Also, what about this liberal "war on men". They apparently don't like "boys". Wait, what was this thread about?
Bob B June 01, 2012 at 06:19 PM
By the way, I want to get on board (so to speak) with Maria's train station project. We need to do away with noisy modes of transportation like motorcyles and encourage people to take advantage of quiet, peaceful vehicles like trains.
A Fan June 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Kudo's to you Kris. I too have had a full time job for almost 30yrs with very good insurance. I agree with you 100%.
kris June 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Thank you Fan and same to you! 30 years is a long time and there are not too many people who can say that now a days, job hopping is not something I ever was a fan of. I am also not a nasty person and if my negative comments came across that way it is because I am offended of being put in a catagory just because I ride a motorcycle and I took this very personal. I would give any one the shirt of my back and most all riders will stop to help any one that needed it. The point of this article again is about safety, not who likes or dislikes loud motorcycles.
Harry June 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Great story Maria, I can see why all you do is blog all day.. Yawn. What your old man did in WW II is the complete opposite of what YOU are trying to do today. Stay off my lawn Maria, live you own life and stop being so concerned with how other live theirs.
Harry June 01, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Yup, busy bodies like you Maria, dictating to us how we should live our lives because we are all just too stupid to run it on our own.. I wear my helmet, I don't wear my helmet. I have Vance and Hines true duals on my $35,000 motorcycle. I have a job, I have health insurance, I can also prove I'm an American Citizen and I have no need to spend millions on hiding that. I love this country and her freedoms, including letting you spew useless hatred dripple over the net.... Ride like you stole it Maria...
Linda Mahoney June 01, 2012 at 09:56 PM
That whole line is garbage! I don't text or talk on the cell phone and my kids are grown so I don't have to yell at them! I am aware of bikes when they are coming at you with high beams on and about 50 taking up the whole road! People can ride what ever they darn well please but everyone shouldn't have to be exposed to the noise!
Allison June 02, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Maria we've read and reread and reread your comments and you are one of those people who will never be convinced that you're wrong to group all of us into one bunch. I ride on the back of my husband's motorcycle and there are days I wear my helmet and days I don't. I'm sorry, but you really have no concept of the danger that drivers of automobiles pose to motorcyclists. I'm sorry you don't understand and feel compelled to tell you that you are way out of line. You are entitled to your opinion, and I pray you never get on the back of a bike. 95% of bikers are considerate, kind, hard working people, who obey the law and are constantly watching out for that one idiot eating his sandwich with one hand, talking on his cell with the other and driving with his knee. But unlike your closed mind, you don't see one rider's response here saying all drivers are horrible people. I understand you comments about helmets. Beyond that....you're out of line and you need to just stop writing, because the more you write....well, let's just say, the smaller you look.
Allison June 02, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Maria, it's not just they guys that don't like you and as you can see, I do have the guts to put my name on. You are grumpy...you are small, you are closed minded and frankly you are one of the most prejudiced people I've come across in a very long time. You group all riders into one category and frankly, I suggest you move to an island with no streets...create your own no noise laws and live happily ever after. I bet you're a true joy to live next door to. Oh, and by the by....you do care. You've managed to respond to every single response that people (male and female) have posted. People who don't care don't waste their time. And I believe the diet thread is on another page.
A Fan June 02, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Kris your right the sad thing is Maria cant get past the fact that she feels all motorcycle riders are horrible people. Well we aren't! We are people who enjoy life and work hard to provide for our families. We have a life and choose to enjoy it not find negativity in it. So what if people don't wear helmets thats their right. So Maria does need to get over it and move on. Again Kris you enjoy your ride as I will. Toni
Linda Mahoney June 02, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Why do people that drive bikes with open pipes, which by the way is illegal, feel they have all the rights and we should wear ear plugs? I have my right to have peace and quiet and you have your right to ride a bike but within the law. And I really don't care if you wear a helmet no skin off my back! And I also know it's against the law to let a dog bark all day and disturb other people. I am finished with this whole boring conservation!
Linda Mahoney June 02, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Anyone that talks on a cell phone, texts and eats or reads while driving and I have seen it all is crazy! They don't care about anyones safety!
Linda Mahoney June 02, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I would love to live on a farm and I certainly wouldn't complain about any animals!
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Some of you have demonstrated by your comments that you have not bothered to read the article or my comments. Many of you do not realize that one of the factors that have contributed to the economic decline in some of our communities is gratuitous noise. You are not concerned with the rights of others, nor with your own safety. Not one of you mention your community. And perhaps that is the problem.
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Well, Harry, you have yet to make a comment that made sense. And your language leaves a lot to be desired. My father was a father, not a motorcyclist. He chose to spend his money on his children and his home, not on toys for grown-ups.
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I have noticed that none of you have complained about DaveB's comment above. Why not? If you do not complain about his comment, and you have not, readers should ask themselves why. So, let's be fair and not just scapegoat one person.
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Allison, I care about my neighborhood and my community. Your comment demonstrates that you have not read my comments. But perhaps you need to scapegoat people who do not share your views.
Marty Salvatore June 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I kind of think everyone else has, you know, moved on. If you want people to stop complaining about your comments, stop making the same comment over (and over and over and over) again. Who are you trying to convince?
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Are loud motorcycles illegal? I wasn't aware of this. Are all you motocyclists with loud motorcycles violating the law? Do you condone this violation of the law? Now I begin to understand the hostility of some of your comments.
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Well, Marty, please answer the questions in my last two comments and then I will move on. If you notice they are not the same comments over and over again. Oh, and it seems to me, Marty that many those commenting have made the same comment over and over again, but you don't seem to have a problem with those comments. So please be fair.
Bob B June 05, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Thanks Maria, I needed a good laugh. Clearly, the answer to our economic woes is reduced noise. That is why our libraries, forests and remote rural areas are centers of economic activity. I always wondered why quiet places like Antartica, Greenland and Mauritania were such economic powerhouses.
Bob B June 05, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The article was about the promotion of motorcyle safety. Maria attacked motorcyles and their riders. Those attacked defended their position. Only in Maria's world would defending yourself from attack be considered hostility. Most normal people would consider the attacker to be the hostile one.
Linda Mahoney June 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I think Bob B and Harry need to grow up! Maria has her opinion and you are just being sarcastic!
Linda Mahoney June 05, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I hope this is over!
Marty Salvatore June 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Well, Maria, the difference is it's not THE SAME person saying THE SAME thing over and over again. You have like ten different people expressing a viewpoint that is different from yours. You respond to each of them with the same argument over and over again. We all GET your position. Most of us disagree. And you are complaining that we do! And why do you think it should be MY responsibility to respond to every idiot who posts on the Patch? There are not enough hours in the day. So answer my question, Maria. Who exactly are you trying to convince? It seems to me that you are just trolling this article...
MyComment June 05, 2012 at 03:14 PM
PLEASE everyone, watch for the motorcycles on the road so everyone can make it home safely. A person very close to me was an extremely careful motorcyclist who always wore his helmet. Some idiot decided he needed to make a left-hand turn to go home. In an effort to "beat the bike" he crossed the yellow line and hit the biker head-on. The impact of the rider hitting the car's windshield knocked the helmet off his head and he didn't survive. Completely the car driver's fault. Being a careful driver has nothing to do with noise levels or even whether or not you wear a helmet. Please just be considerate, pay attention, and share the road.
Maria Giannuzzi June 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Apparently, overly loud motorcycles are illegal in Connecticut. This helps to explain the hostility and defensiveness of some individuals commenting on this thread. Some of those commenting condone this illegal behavior. I'm sure they are aware that many communities in Connecticut are attempting to ban loud motorcycles from their streets. I have no respect for individuals who defend loud motorcycles which are in violation of the law and see no reason to continue this discussion. Bob B. Someone else made the comment about loud motorcycles early on before I made any comments, or as you say "attacked mortorcyles and their riders," but you do not mention them. Why is that? Apparently, you are obsessed only with my comments. Your bias is showing.
Bob B June 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Maria, you are absolutely correct. Someone else did make one comment about loud motorcyles. You have now made 29 comments. To expect equivalence in response is absurd. Though absurdity does seem to be your area of expertise. I think your last comment summed up your position nicely, "I have no respect for individuals."
Megan Bard (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Hi folks, This discussion has not moved forward for a few days so I'm shutting down the comment section. Thanks for participating. Megan

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