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More motorcycles means more tragedies

Data show increase in staatewide biker fatalities

One way car and truck drivers can be safe around motorcycles is to simply exercise more caution and never tailgate a motorcycle. Submitted photo.

One way car and truck drivers can be safe around motorcycles is to simply exercise more caution and never tailgate a motorcycle. Submitted photo.

— The classes consist of two days of training with 10 hours spent riding a motorcycle, and five hours of classroom instruction. Motorcyclists learn how to maneuver their bikes and determine what their skill level is.

They can also test out driving different types of bikes including those in the three leading categories: sport bikes, larger touring bikes and cruisers like Harley Davidsons, which are the most common bikes on the road.

Fashion makes a difference

One simple way motorcyclists can reduce theirrisk on the road is through clothing. Zadrozny said the Motorcycle Safety Foundation practices and preaches “all gear all of the time,” including a helmet that meets Department of Transportation standards.

He also said that appropriate motorcycle jackets that are well padded and bright are very important, as are gloves, jeans or sturdy pants and boots (preferably ones that lace up over the ankle).

“Be seen, that’s the name of the game,” said Zadrozny.

Attire made specifically for motorcyclists is available in heavier weights for colder weather, and mesh-like materials for warmer months.There are also warmer and water-proof liners depending on the weather.

Carol Breen, a spokeswoman for New York State Department of Transportation, said in general, motorcycle safety is three-pronged.

“We must provide safe roads, motorists must watch for motorcyclists and not follow too closely and motorcyclists must drive safely,”she said. “We build our highways and bridges to be as safe as possible for motorcyclists by providing good sight distance at intersections and by using skid-resistant pavement and durable, long-lasting pavement markings.”

Locally, there are many opportunities to take the motorcycle safety courses. They are offered at Hudson Valley Community College (Capital Area Motorcycle School) and at Adirondack Community College (Adirondacks and Beyond), to name just a few.

To enroll in a motorcycle safety class, log on to nysmsp.org.

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