Economy forcing people to ride a bike vs cage cuz of gas price means more idiots on bikes
That might have been true many years ago but not today. many cars get the same or better gas mileage than my bike. The cost of a smaller gas efficient car is the same or less than today's larger tourer. Add the fact that they can only be used a portion of the year up here and I don't think the cost of gas is causing more riders on the road. It's just more people are rider today than ever before. More bikes on the road and there is more chance of an incident.
Page 19 shows that there is little correlation between gas prices and motorcycle registrations and fatalities.
The article makes it quite clear some of the crashes involved passenger car/truck contact. But I'm aware of more than a few that were one vehicle crashes. The weather was great this year and I. like many others started riding in March instead of later in April. The one that sticks in my mind is the rider and passenger that were clocked at over 130 on a local highway. The rider lost it and impacted a tree. I'm reminded of it as I pass the small cross and flowers set up on the spot.
The stats are NH only. The link's still working for me
. Unfortunately this years stats aren't published yet. Probably in a year or so.
people need to take responsibility for their own actions
How does a bike rider do that when they are hit by a passenger vehicle? When you're riding in a safe manner and struck, personal responsibility has nothing to do with it except in the case of the other driver.