Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Motorcycles & Mopeds

Motorcycle Safety & Awareness in New York State

Motorcycle riding is more popular in New York than ever. There are more than 750,000 licensed motorcyclists and that number continues to grow with each passing year. For many people, motorcycling is a fun sport as well as an energy-efficient means of transportation. However, motorcycling can be dangerous. It requires skill, concentration and reasonable precautions.

Motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger cars. Motorcyclists continue to be overrepresented in traffic-related fatalities; Despite representing only 3% of all registered motor vehicles, motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic-related fatalities (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2018).

What are we doing about motorcycle safety?

Improving the safety of motorcyclists continues to be a priority for the state's highway safety program. Since motorcycles share the road with much larger vehicles, a combination of strategies must be used to ensure safe riding practices and awareness of motorcyclists on our roadways. New York State has a comprehensive motorcycle safety program that supports motorcycle awareness, motorcycle helmet usage, responsible use of alcohol, and rider education, skill development and licensing.

What can you do about motorcycle safety?

Whether a motorcyclist or passenger vehicle, always make sure to share the road safely. Our roadways support a very diverse user group — ranging from pedestrians and bicyclists to commercial motor vehicles and horse and buggies.

No one wants to be disrespected and intentionally placed in danger. Treat others with respect and don't allow yourself to get caught up in road-rage situations.

Questions and comments regarding the statewide Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program should be directed to:

Aubrey L. Feldman, MPH, CPH, CHES®
Highway Safety Program Representative
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 410B
Albany, NY 12228

B: 518-474-2279