Motorcycle Safety

Watch for Motorcycles

CDOT is working to make Colorado's roads safer for motorcycles. From 2012 to 2018, motorcyclist fatalities increased 30%. In 2018, motorcyclist fatalities were nearly 16% of all traffic fatalities in Colorado despite the fact that motorcycles represent just 3% of the vehicles on our roads.

Motorcycle rider fatalities are up again in 2019, according to preliminary data (current data can be found here). These fatalities tend to peak during the summer months with more motorcycles on the road. All drivers have the responsibility to watch for motorcycles just as motorcyclists need to ride safely and obey speed limits.

CDOT's statewide motorcycle safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of checking blind spots and looking for motorcyclists when turning left. The campaign is directed at drivers, who often miss seeing motorcyclists on our roadways and in their blind spots. The average vehicle blind spot is 650 square feet which is large enough to fit a small studio apartment or even a jet. Motorcycle crashes also often happen when a driver turns left in front of an approaching motorcycle. Always remember to look twice before you turn left—because seeing a motorcycle after a crash is too late.

Of course, motorcyclists can help reduce crash fatalities, too. Head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. Therefore, CDOT encourages all riders to wear helmets and other protective gear.

Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST)

There is a lot motorcycle riders can do to stay safe. Most importantly, they can get trained. The Motorcycle Operator Safety Training (MOST) program is conducted by the Colorado State Patrol and includes 12 training vendors across the state.

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