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A comparison of riding characteristics between young and aging motorcycle riders in Florida

Monday, November 2, 2015

Siwon Jang, Ph.D., Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Chanyoung Lee, Ph.D., Motorcycle Injury Prevention Institute, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Since the late 1990’s, motorcycle crashes and fatalities in the U.S. have increased significantly, especially among aging riders. In 2014, a web-based Florida motorcyclist survey was conducted to collect data on the characteristics of aging motorcyclists and to explore differences between aging and young riders.

A multi-method sampling approach was used to recruit participants from 30,000 addresses obtained from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles database of endorsed motorcyclists. The respondents (n = 3024) were divided into two groups, young riders (44 and younger) and aging riders (45 and older).

Results show that 73.2% of aging respondents ride predominantly for recreation while only 53.6% of young respondents ride for recreation purposes (p < .001). Significantly more aging riders (80.7%) than young riders (57.6%) have a motorcycle insurance policy (p < .001). Whereas aprroximately 35% of aging riders did not complete formal motorcycle training, only 15.1% of young riders have not attanded any training course (p < .001). There was not a significant difference between the proportion of riders from each group who responded that formal training is very important to operate a motorcycle on the street.

The study findings indicate that different riding characteristics exist between young and aging motorcyclists in Florida. To decrese motorcycle crashes and fatalities among aging riders, tailored interventions reflecting the differences between rider groups should be designed and implemented. In particular, a training course for the aging rider population needs to be developed.   

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify different characteristics of aging motorcycle riders by comparing to the characteristics of younger riders.

Keyword(s): Aging, Motor Vehicles

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a research faculty working on several traffic-safety-related projects in the Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South Florida. I am working on an in-depth survey project funded by Florida Department of Transportation and a five-year work effort funded with $2.25 million from NHTSA to develop, implement, and assess a method to better inform motorcycle riders.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.