Are you seeing a trend? I was driving down a
Have you noticed a few coworkers showing up wearing bike pants? According to The Wall Street Journal, cycling has increased in
Then there are the motorcycle riders. A recent study by the Governors Highway Safety Association found that motorcycle fatalities increased in 2006 for the ninth straight year, doubling in the last decade to 4810. Nearly all the fatalities occurred in
From a liability standpoint, are your drivers prepared to meet these vehicles on the road? From an employee wellness standpoint, can your company afford the injury or even death of one of your key personnel who may be struck by a vehicle during a bike or motorcycle commute?
Even the Marines have taken notice. A “rash of fatalities and mishaps over the last three-to-four years” from motorcycles, according to John Waltman, Drivers’ Training Manager with the US Marines at
Here are a few tips to manage this growing transportation trend.
- If you have a defensive driver training class for your employees, ensure that the course addresses in detail how to best share the road with motorcycles, bikes and other alternative vehicles. Also be sure they cover these tips.
- Actively look for bikes and motorcycles, especially at intersections.
- Check blind spots routinely for motorcycles and bicyclists.
- Avoid following too closely. Motorcyclists often decelerate by downshifting, which does not activate the brake light.
- Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind.
- Motorcyclists often “cut the lane” and pass stalled traffic. Avoid lane changes during stalled traffic without checking blind spots.
- Stopping distance for motorcycles increases quickly when the road is wet.
- Don’t view a motorcycle as a motorcycle;think of it as a person.
- Encourage employees who ride to wear visible clothing, use proper safety equipment and keep their bikes in top repair.
As an employee benefit, consider furnishing bike helmets and additional training to employees who are new to biking or riding motorcycles. An investment of a few dollars may keep an employee uninjured and productive.
Bike Safe is a site that outlines the top ten ways to avoid becoming a bike accident victim. Incidentally, personal injury settlements and jury awards abound. How about a $5.1 million settlement for a woman bicyclist pulled under the wheels of a semi?
Alternative transportation will only increase as gas prices escalate and the nation embraces bikes and motorcycles. Risk management means addressing trends that may impact your total cost of risk. Two-wheeled transport is certainly one of those developments.