Motorcyclists are over-represented in collision statistics in Ireland: they represent less than 2% of licensed vehicles but 10% of road deaths. They are six times more likely to be killed on Irish roads than any other road user.
According to the road collision factbook (PDF), 29 motorcyclists were killed and 494 injured on Irish roads in 2007. According to OECD figures, a motorcyclist is two to three times more likely to be killed in Ireland than in other European country.
The lack of a protective shell combined with the high speeds means that motorbikes will always be a potentially vulnerable mode of transport. Yet motorcyclists can greatly reduce their risk profile by taking some simple precautions and ensuring that their machines are properly maintained.
Training also plays a key role in improving safety by improving the competence levels of motorcyclists on the roads. Via the RSA’s Approved Driver Instructor programme, motorcyclists can now avail of expert tuition from RSA-approved instructors all around the country.
The Road Safety Authority regularly conducts research with different road users. As a motorcyclist, we would like to invite you to participate in an online survey into your motorcycling experiences.The survey will be available to complete online from 3rd – 31st March 2017. The survey can be completed online by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can request a free post paper copy of the survey by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put ‘Motorcycle Survey’ in the subject field and include your name and address in the email.
The survey is only open to motorcyclists residing in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The survey is anonymous. As a thank you for your time, there is a free prize draw for a Shoei (Neotec) helmet worth €650 (the prize in the form of a voucher). The draw is open to all who complete the survey. Contact details are required to enter but will not be used for any other purpose.