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Moms On Motorcycles: Is This A Good Idea?

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Jennifer Creer, on Blogging Baby, asks this question and explains how she felt after she took a motorcycle ride this month.

I applaud Jennifer’s consideration of these issues.

I would not pretend to be an expert on the risk-benefit of motorcycle riding for mothers. However, I do know how I feel when I see children trying to stay attached to an adult on a motorcycle or perched in the lap of a motorcyclist. It is also the way I feel when I see a motorcylist without a helmet. “Is this person nuts?”, probably captures my feelings.

Jennifer Creer, on Blogging Baby, asks this question and explains how she felt after she took a motorcycle ride this month.

“I hadn’t been on a motorcycle since my college days, which also happened to be my days pre-children. I had also never before worn a motorcycle helmet. I had a great time on the back of the motorcycle this weekend, but I will confess also to having some wee thoughts in the back of my head: “Motorcycles are dangerous. Emergency Room personnel call motorcyclists ‘organ donors.’ You have three children to think about…” I was lucky: we were safe and we had a great time. But it did make me stop and think about whether or not that had been a good idea.”

I applaud Jennifer’s consideration of these issues.

I would not pretend to be an expert on the risk-benefit of motorcycle riding for mothers. However, I do know how I feel when I see children trying to stay attached to an adult on a motorcycle or perched in the lap of a motorcyclist. It is also the way I feel when I see a motorcylist without a helmet. “Is this person nuts?”, probably captures my feelings.

There have some recent studies that show motorcycle injuries are increasing in number and severity. An Associated Press story discusses this unfortunate trend and some of the possible causes. Among the causes is the increasing age of motorcyclists and the decision by some states, including Florida, to drop the helmet requirement.

AP says that in 1985 the average age of a motorcyclist was around 27. In 2003 the operators had “aged” to around 41.