News Release, Police Department

Motorcycle Safety Month

May 15, 2023

Media Point of Contact:

Sgt. Tasha DeCosta (510)293-7169

Check Twice for Motorcycles: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Hayward, Calif. — During May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Hayward Police reminds drivers to always look twice for motorcycles. Safe riding and driving practices, and a shared responsibility from all road users, will help everyone get to their destination safely.

“Motorcycles may be difficult to spot, so be extra careful before changing lanes,” Sergeant, Tasha DeCosta said. “Motorcycle riders do not have the same protections drivers and passengers do. Please share the road with motorcycles and drive safe.”

During the month, Hayward Police will be hosting a free citizen motorcycle course. The course will provide education and exercises with an emphasis on hazard avoidance, clutch / throttle control, emergency braking, and proper safety equipment.  Additionally, we will conduct several enforcement operations throughout the month with a focus on motorcycle safety.

To help protect you and your family, keep the following tips in mind while driving or riding:


  • Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Do not follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Be sure that the rider is turning before moving ahead.


  • Always wear a U.S. DOT-compliant helmet with eye protection.
  • Wear leather or other sturdy clothing such as a jacket, pants, boots with nonskid soles and gloves. Add reflective strips or decals to your clothing and motorcycle to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Avoid riding in a driver’s blind spot.
  • Always keep your lights on, even during the day.

Lastly, both drivers and riders should never drive/ride distracted or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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