For Motorcyclists

The RSA aims to make it safer to ride a motorcycle in Ireland by implementing a multi-pronged national motorcycle safety strategy between now and 2012

Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users. In 2008, 29 motorcyclists were killed and a further 494 injured on Ireland's roads, accounting for 10% of all fatalities and 5% of all casualties resulting from road collisions in the country Yet motorcycles accounted for less than 2% of all licensed vehicles in the Republic that year.

But Ireland is not unusual in this. In Europe the risk of dying in a road accident is 18 times higher for motorcyclists (source: European Road Safety Observatory – ERSO) than for other road users. While the annual count of road deaths in Europe declined over the past decade, rider deaths increased in 13 of 27 countries.