CDOT launches Ride Wise motorcycle rider safety program

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Across the state in 2014, 92 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal crashes. Of these fatalities, 97 percent were males and 55 percent were 45 years of age or older.

“A lot of men who traded in their cycles when they were raising a family, have now decided to hop back on a motorcycle,” said Glenn Davis, CDOTtraffic safety manager. “Now, the machines are twice as fast and it just makes sense to take a safety class to make sure you are ready to hit the highway.”

At Full Throttle Riding Academy, Jason Curdy and Jiri Mraeck teach riders how to safely operate bikes of all sizes.

“Never think you have mastered the machinery,” said Mraeck. “It’s going to prove you wrong … use your head and your common sense whenever you ride.”

“When students graduate our program we hope they will be safe when they hit the road and not die out there … there are a lot of bad things waiting for them,” said Curdy—who is a top-ranked motorcycle racer as well as owner of the school.

Ride Wise snapshot:

  • The primary objective of CDOT’s Ride Wise initiative is to increase awareness about the importance of motorcycle operator safety training.
  • Ride Wise encourages life-long learning by promoting motorcycle operator safety training courses across the state.
  • The campaign targets older male riders who may have thousands of miles of experience, yet little to zero hours of formal training on safe riding.
  • Ride Wise, an evolution of CDOT’s 2014 motorcycle safety awareness campaign, showcases real Colorado motorcyclists who rely on safety training to hone the skills needed to ride safe.

Part of the reason for the increase in the over 45 age group is because many more Baby Boomers are hitting their mid-life crisis age … kids are gone, more disposable income, and many just like the wind blowing through their hair.

What Full Throttle wants them to remember … while they may be less reckless than younger riders, their vision and reflexes are not quite as good, and their bodies may not be able to handle the impact of a collision to the same degree. And, always use a helmet—even though Colorado is one of 31 states with no helmet law. Leather, gloves and boots are also ways to stay safe and save skin, if in fact you do take a fall.

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