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Get ready for more motorcycles on Spokane roadways

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Raul has his motorcycle safety gear on. But how will he stay safe while riding? Raul has his motorcycle safety gear on. But how will he stay safe while riding?
SPOKANE, Wash. -

You may not see them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not right next to you.

Motorcycles are starting to rev up and down Spokane roadways, especially now that the weather is warming up.

But as the temperature increases, so do the amount of motorcyclist.

Before summer officially arrives, take time to remind yourself how to share the road.

  • Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Although it may seem as though there is enough room in the traffic lane for an automobile and a motorcycle, remember the motorcycle needs the room to maneuver safely. Do not share the lane.
  • Approximately one-half of all motorcycle crashes involve another motor vehicle. Nearly 40 percent were caused by the other vehicle turning left in front of the motorcyclist.
  • Motorcycles are small and may be difficult to see. Motorcycles have a much smaller profile than vehicles, which can make it more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
  • Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look due to their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Remember that road conditions which are minor annoyances to you pose major hazards to motorcyclists. Motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings, and grooved pavement.

Motorcyclists should always anticipate that other drivers cannot see them.

Motorcyclists are also encouraged to take a safety refresher class. Washington State has seen a troubling trend when it comes to fatal motorcycle accidents. According to a 2012 Washington Department of Licensing analysis, 72 percent of people killed riding their motorcycle were either un-endorsed or novice riders.

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