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Motorcycle Safety Campaign - For Drivers

Urging motorists to ‘look twice,’ this summer CDOT uses humor to drive home a serious safety message. The campaign features a radio spot with burly-sounding motorcycle riders singing their message to motorists. Other advertising tactics, which also include billboards, bus tails, web banners and gas station ads, are running statewide.

Watching Me - Audio Ad
Don't You Forget About Me - Audio Ad

Program Overview

Motorcyclists make up just three percent of vehicles on the road but account for 18% of overall fatalities.  Nationally, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred 26 times more frequently than passenger car occupants in a traffic crash. These fatalities tend to peak during the summer months with more motorcycles on the road. CDOT’s campaign raises awareness urging drivers to use extra caution.

Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Nationally, 715 lives could be saved each year if helmets were worn by all motorcyclists. Colorado does not require motorcyclists to wear helmets.

Motorcycle Safety Campaign - For Motorcyclists


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Live to Ride

CDOT's Live to Ride campaign is designed to help motorcyclists of all skill levels ride safely, have fun, and most importantly, stay alive. Live to Ride endorses three primary safety messages:

  • Get Training: Lack of training is a factor in Colorado's fatal motorcycle crashes.  Motorcycle riders were found to be at fault in 7 out of 10 fatal crashes.
  • Ride Sober: Impaired riding is also a major problem. 14% of riders killed in motorcycle crashes in 2013 were under the influence of alcohol.
  • Wear Proper Protective Gear: Nearly two-thirds of the riders killed in Colorado last year were not wearing a helmet or were wearing it incorrectly.

Just as football players are required to suit up for the big game, or pilots must complete hundreds of hours of training in order to fly solo, riders need to wear protective gear and get proper training to know how to handle their machines. And riding sober, well, that's just common sense.

For more information on Live to Ride or to get involved, please contact us.

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difficult routes across Colorado,
so that riders can plan according
to their skill level.

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Contact Us

The MOST program and Colorado 's Live to Ride motorcycle safety campaign is administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

If you have specific questions about the MOST program, 303-757-9383.

For media and public relations questions, contact Sam Cole, 303-757-9484 or

If you have questions or concerns about general motorcycle rider issues, including comments on road engineering or maintenance concerns, click here.

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