Illinois Motorcycle Season Safety

Today, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) issued a news release titled “Motorcycle Season Revs Up, Riders Urged to “Gear Up-Ride Smart.” (pdf)

This news release discusses various facets of motorcycle rider safety, and cites various statistics regarding Illinois motorcycle accidents.

A couple of excerpts:

As part of the annual “Gear Up-Ride Smart” campaign, IDOT and motorcycle dealers throughout Illinois are encouraging riders to make this motorcycle season a safe one by taking the time and necessary precautionary measures before they get back on their bikes. Seasoned riders and novice motorcyclists alike should check their cycles to make sure they are in proper running condition. They also can brush up on the rules of the road by taking advantage of the free motorcycle training classes offered by IDOT.

Motorcyclists are urged to wear the proper gear, including high-visibility (Hi Viz) clothing, eye protection, gloves, jackets, pants, boots and a U.S. DOT-approved helmet, at all times.


Jay Hall, president of the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association, strongly recommends getting motorcycles checked by a professional before they hit the roads, no matter how far the distance of the season’s first ride. That check should include verifying that tires, fluids and brakes are performing optimally.

Additional details and safety tips – including motorcyclist training – can be found in the IDOT news release mentioned above.


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