Des Moines hosts Motorcycle Safety Forum
AMES — The 10th Anniversary Motorcycle Safety Forum is a rider-focused event facilitated by Iowa’s motorcycle safety team, a diverse partnership of motorcycle safety advocates; the Iowa Department of Transportation and Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau; and motorcycle trainers, dealers and riders.
This one-day, interactive forum is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
It will feature several presentations, safety displays, rider training, an exhibitor tradeshow and other exhibits. Admission is $15.
The venue for this event includes ample parking for motorcyclists to “ride in” and a photo booth where participants can have their photo taken with their bike, weather permitting.
Motorcycle fatalities have increased significantly, both in Iowa and nationally, since the late 1990s. Iowa has more than 200,000 licensed motorcycle operators and more than 125,000 registered motorcycles.
Preliminary data shows 55 people were killed last year while driving or riding on motorcycles in Iowa, up from 34 in 2011. Average annual motorcycle fatalities continue to increase among riders age 45 and older.
Typically, about half of Iowa’s motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and about nine of 10 motorcycle fatality victims were not wearing a safety helmet.
Participants are asked to be prepared to share ideas and thoughts with forum committee members and other riders throughout the day.
For more information online, visit www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/motorcycle/index.htm#.UVGoHxdpTng online.