May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

PASADENA, Calif.—Warmer weather means a lot more motorcycles will be cruising California roads. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and Pasadena Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind drivers and motorcycle riders to share the road and look out for one another.

"Motorcycle riders are harder to see. Riders and drivers should take extra precautions by keeping their distance and watching their speed," said Traffic Section Lieutenant Mark Goodman.

On May 3, 10, and 17, Pasadena Police Department will conduct traffic safety details geared toward stopping drivers and motorcyclists for violations that increase the risk of crashes.

There are nearly 900,000 registered motorcycles in California. Motorcycle riders have a much higher risk of death or injury than car drivers in the event of a crash. In 2017, 576 people were killed in motorcycle crashes statewide, a nearly 17% increase from 2015.

Pasadena Police Department offers these best safety practices for drivers and motorcycle riders:


  • Check your mirrors and blind spots. Make sure your vehicle’s rear and side-view mirrors are adjusted properly.
  • Use your signal when changing lanes. If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, make sure the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
  • Slow down behind motorcycles and keep your distance.
  • Never share a lane with a motorcycle.
  • Be aware of motorcycles lane splitting, which is legal. Give riders enough room to pass.
  • Always look twice at intersections and allow enough space for a motorcycle to clear the roadway before making a turn.


  • Always wear a helmet, bright colors and protective gear.
  • Use your turn signal at every lane change or turn.
  • Turn lights on even during the day.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Consider the width of lanes, roadway and weather conditions when lane splitting.
  • Avoid lane splitting next to larger vehicles such as big rigs, buses and motorhomes.
  • It is more dangerous to split lanes at higher speeds. It is safer to split between the far left lanes.

Pasadena Police Department encourages all motorcycle riders, new and experienced, to enroll in the California Highway Patrol’s motorcycle training course. For more information, or to find a training site near you, visit

Funding for motorcycle safety enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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