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Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety to meet July 17 in Salem

​ODOT News

July 12, 2013

For more information: Sally Ridenour 503-986-3359 or Michele O’Leary, 503-986-4198


With several motorcycle rallies this month, committee says share road safely

The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety focuses its efforts on rider education, road hazards unique to motorcyclists, motorist awareness of motorcycles, sharing the road and other safety issues. The committee’s next regularly scheduled meeting is July 17 in Salem. With several large motorcycle rallies happening in Oregon this month, the committee is urging drivers and motorcyclists to watch out for each other and share the road safely.


All through the year, but especially during the summer when more motorcyclists are on the road, drivers should safely “share the road” with motorcycles and be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists have responsibilities too. They should obey traffic rules, be alert to other drivers, never ride while impaired or distracted and always wear a helmet and highly visible gear.
The committee offers safety tips for drivers and motorcyclists:
  • Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width—never try to share a lane.
  • Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
    Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don’t tailgate.
  • Never ride impaired.
  • Always wear a helmet and highly visible, protective clothing.
  • Allow time and space to react to other motorists or changing road conditions.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Don’t speed.
  • Motorcycle rider training and education save lives. TEAM OREGON offers classes for beginner to advanced riders.
Committee members will provide educational materials and staff a booth at the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association Rally in Salem July 18-21.
Committee meets July 17 in Salem
The Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety will meet at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division office at 4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE in Salem.
Agenda items include a review of recently passed transportation safety related legislation. The group will also hear reports from ODOT Transportation Safety Division and any motorcycle organizations present.
Meetings of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Motorcycle Safety are open to the public. Accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please call (503) 986-4188 (statewide relay: 7-1-1).