Due to their lack of protection, motorcyclists need to take more care than road users in vehicles. This information will help to improve your safety when riding motorcycles or mopeds.
In 2019, 54 motorcyclists were killed in crashes and 1,439 motorcyclists were injured in crashes.
For more safety tips, read The official New Zealand road code for motorcyclists.
As a motorcyclist, you're most at risk when:
The other most common causes of crashes involving motorcycles include:
Motorbikes are also far more sensitive to the camber of the road (the upwards curve from the edge to the centre) and changes in shape, texture and skid resistance. As a motorcyclist you need to be aware of the following risks:
While most motorcyclist safety tips also apply to moped riders, there are a few key things you should also be aware of. Mopeds are:
The Scooter Survival website(external link) has more tips on staying safe and dodging hazards.
The Road code for motorcyclists has safe riding tips relevant for moped riders.
There are different standards and requirements applying to motorcycles and mopeds – both for the vehicle and you as a rider.
*Note: Crash data for 2019 is not yet complete. Data is for all crashes reported by the Police to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for the year 2019 as recorded in CAS at 11/05/2020.