Biketoberfest occurs every year in Florida, drawing bikers from around the country to enjoy a ride in Daytona Beach. Biketoberfest means more motorcycles everywhere on roads throughout Florida as riders come from far-and-wide to enjoy a 120-mile ride across Volusia County. More than 150,000 people typically come to the event, which spans three days.
Biketoberfest 2015 is scheduled to last from October 15 through October 18. Motorcyclists and drivers need to be aware there are likely to be high volumes of traffic on the roads. Bikers and motorists should be respectful to each other and should make sure to obey the rules of the road in order to reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents.
Preventing Collisions During Biketoberfest
More traffic on the roads because of big events like Biketoberfest always means there is an increased chance of accidents, simply because of added traffic congestion. Because cars often do not know how to be safe when sharing the roads with bikers, the risk is especially grave for collisions during Biketoberfest.
Drivers of passenger cars should be aware of Biketoberfest events, which are published on the Daytona Chamber's Bike Week Website. Events include beachside rides, rides down Main Street, riding on U.S. Highway 1 to two motorcycle and body shops, and riding on International Speedway Boulevard. If drivers can avoid these areas during events, they can stay out of traffic and can make sure they don't find themselves forced to share roads with thousands of riders.
Drivers should also be aware of the added potential for motorcyclists on all roads in the area as people travel to Biketoberfest. This means making sure to:
- Check carefully before changing lanes or turning. Motorcycles are harder than passenger cars to see and are more likely to be in a driver's blind spot. Look twice and look over your shoulder before changing lanes or making a turn, especially when in areas where a lot of bikers are likely to be for Biketoberfest events.
- Leave a safe following distance. Motorcycles are more affected by bumps or debris in the road and by other adverse conditions on the road. Do not follow too closely behind them.
- Be aware motorcycle turn signals don't turn off automatically. While most bikers are good about using turn signals and hand signals effectively, you should never assume a turn signal is always going to mean a biker is 100 percent going to turn. Watch what the motorcyclist actually does.
- Allow a motorcycle a full lane. Don't try to get around motorcycles or to pass when there is insufficient space.
- Yield the right-of-way when it is appropriate to do so. Drivers are notoriously bad at judging motorcycle speed, so you need to be careful not to pull into intersections when motorcycles are approaching with the right of way.
Biketoberfest should be a fun time for motorcyclists visiting Florida, and drivers need to do their part to make sure bikers do not get hurt as a result of motorist negligence.