Folks, I had mentioned that I'm on the Minnesota Governor's Task Force for Motorcycle Safety. One of the things we do is review cycling death and consider education/training that can address them.
Good news: cycling deaths are down in MN. Bad news: They still happen. Here are the statistics for 2019 YTD:
There have been 36 motorcyclists killed in 35 crashes so far in 2019. There were 58 motorcyclists killed in 56 crashes in 2018, according to preliminary reports.
2019 Rider Deaths Statistics
• Helmet use
24 riders were not wearing a helmet.
11 riders were wearing a helmet.
• Single-vehicle crashes vs. Multi-vehicle crashes
21 of the crashes involved only the motorcycle
14 of the crashes involved a motorcycle and another vehicle
• Three-wheeled motorcycle fatalities
1 of the fatalities involved a three-wheeled motorcycle.
• Motorcycle vs. animal
3 crashes involved the rider colliding with an animal.
• Passengers killed
4 passenger have died in a motorcycle crash.
• Motorcycle License Endorsement
27 of the operators had a valid motorcycle license endorsement or permit.
7 of the operators did not have a valid motorcycle license endorsement or permit.
It is unknown if one of the operators had a valid motorcycle license endorsement or permit.
• Negotiating a curve
13 of the crashes involved a rider negotiating a curve.
• Rider deaths by age:
Under 20: -
• Rural vs. urban area
19 of the crashes happened in a rural area.
16 of the crashes happened in an urban area.
Everyone will read something different from the data but there are certainly some avoidable accidents we need to address. 60% involved the MC only, 13 negotiating a curve...
Let's all be aware of what we're doing. I don't want to lose any of y'all!