Welcome to Ride Smart Florida
Ride Smart Florida is the complete resource for motorcycle riders, trainers, sponsors, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and emergency services – anyone interested in improving motorcycle safety throughout Florida. Whether you want tips on safe riding, information on where you can find a rider education and training class, have a question on operator licensing, or need information on implementing engineering strategies to make riding safer – this is the site for you.
Why Motorcycle Safety is Important
Florida's sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and scenic highways make it a popular place for motorcycle enthusiasts. The state also is host to popular motorcycle rallies such as Biketoberfest and Daytona Bike Week. The growing number of residents and visitors in Florida who love riding motorcycles make motorcycle safety an important issue. Since the late 1990s, the number of motorcycle fatalities has tripled from 167 in 1997 to 517 in 2007. Motorcycle injuries have also doubled jumping from 3,930 in 1997 to over 8,000 in 2007. Motorcycle riding has long been associated with a sense of freedom and independence. Ride Smart Florida wants to help you ensure the experience is free from the devastating consequences of a motorcycle crash.
What is RideSmartFlorida.com?
This web site is the place to go for information on rider education and training, rider conspicuity, motorist awareness, personal protective equipment, operator licensing, and the deadly consequences associated with rider impairment and speeding. This site also provides help and support to local communities and motorcycle clubs with access to public service announcements (PSA), motorcycle-related statistics, rider education information, and links to other web sites related to motorcycle safety. The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) Motorcycle Safety Program, along with their program partners, developed the site to make it easier for anyone interested in promoting motorcycle safety to find the information and resources they need quickly and easily.
The FDOT Motorcycle Safety Program is primarily funded by Section 402 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) funds which are Federal funds supporting highway safety programs.