Governor's Traffic Safety Committee


Friday, June 10, 2016

Joe Morrissey
Casey McNulty

Thousands of Motorcyclists Nationwide Flock to Area for Annual Event

The New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today urged motorists to watch for motorcycles and use caution on the roads as the Americade motorcycle convention hits Lake George. The six-day event, which began June 7 and runs through June 11, attracts between 100,000 and 200,000 visitors during the week, resulting in an increased number of motorcycles coming to and from the area.

"New York is honored to host Americade each year, and there is nothing more important than making sure motorcyclists from across the country are safe on our roads," said Terri Egan, Acting GTSC Chair and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Executive Deputy Commissioner. "I urge motorists to be aware of bikes this weekend, during and after the event, and each day of the riding season and beyond."

Americade has become the world's largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. It is a convention of tourers, sport-tourers, and cruising motorcycles enjoying a week-long festival of motorcycling, including guided tours in the beautiful Adirondack Park. Americade also includes a massive trade show with over 200 vendors, demos and displays from most major motorcycle manufacturers, catered boat cruises, exclusive rodeo, stunt shows, comedy clubs, and more.

With its vast open roads and great views around every corner, New York is a perfect destination for motorcycle enthusiasts. Throughout his administration, Governor Andrew Cuomo has highlighted the importance of tourism to New York, and motorcycle riders play an important role in the state's tourism economy, especially during spring and summer. Last year, the Governor launched the "Ride the Catskills" tourism website, an online resource that features a series of itineraries and trips for visitors to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Catskills by motorcycle, car, and bike as well as through other outdoor adventures. The website connects scenic locations and outdoor recreation activities with dining, shopping, and lodging opportunities in the region.

Preliminary data from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR)'s Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR) shows that in 2015, 160 people died and more than 4,400 people were injured in motorcycle crashes in the state. There are more than 736,500 licensed motorcyclists, 350,000 registered motorcycles, and 35,600 motorcycle permit holders in New York State.

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to injury and death than other motorists because they lack the protection of a vehicle around them. In addition to visually checking mirrors and blind spots for motorcyclists before switching lanes and at intersections, motorists sharing the road with motorcycles should remember never try to share a lane with motorcyclists and allow them a full lane width. As always, motorists should also use signals, never tailgate or drive while distracted, and allow more following distance around motorcyclists.

GTSC encourages motorcyclists to follow these safety tips:

More information can be found by visiting GTSC's website and DMV's website.