Motorcyclists’ behaviour

Research carried out in Buenos Aires City, in March/April/May, 2013 on a total amount of 1822 observed motorcycles and mopeds (work days, from 9 to 18):
The result showed some high-risk behaviours of this group.
The motorcycle is a dangerous vehicle because of its instability, which depends on the equilibrium of the motorcyclist and his/her movements, because it doesn’t have protective bodywork for its users and it is very small, so that it is not easy to be seen by the rest of the drivers

Despite this, many motorcyclists endanger their lives and other people’s:

  • Ø In the intersections, every time they don’t stop when the traffic lights are red: 

    27% of motorcyclists don’t respect when traffic lights are red


  • When they don’t adjust the speed to the situations of the road: 

    31% of motorcyclists don’t slow down at corners

    where they can run into other vehicles and/or pedestrians


  • They don’t signal their maneuvers:
    74% of motorcyclists don’t signal when they are about to turn.


  • Besides, motorcyclists endanger pedestrians’ lives:

    75% of motorcyclists don’t yield at pedestrian crossings


        51% of motorcyclists invade pedestrian crossings
when they stop to wait for traffic lights’ change, if they stop.


These are just a sample of many other risk behaviours that account for high accident rates of this group, which is larger every time. At least, 2500 people died in or by motorcycles or mopeds in 2012. 34% of dead people in traffic accidents in Argentina were motorcyclists and moped riders, most of them under 25 years old.

Although in Buenos Aires City, the use of helmet reaches 82% of motorcyclists, its authorities recognize that there were 26 deaths and 3988 injured people during 2012.

Motorcyclists and moped riders’ education and the increase of enforcement towards this group are urgent measures to revert these losses, which are absolutely avoidable.