Points of attention – safe on a motorcycle

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With the return of sunny days, motorcycles and scooters are reinvesting the roads. But it is not always easy to ride a motorcycle in the city. In 2020 on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region, almost 20% of serious accidents involved a motorized two-wheeler. The majority of serious accidents happen with a car. In second place come accidents without an opponent. They therefore occur following a loss of control of his vehicle by the motorcyclist alone. On the road safely? It is together that we will achieve this. Here are some tips and recommendations before getting on your motorcycle or scooter.

Refresh your knowledge of the Highway Code

Always overtake on the left , except in dense and slow traffic.

Take continuous training at the motorcycle school.

Drive at 30 km/h in the Brussels Region , unless otherwise indicated.

Red dipped and rear lights on, even in broad daylight. Article 30 bis of the Highway Code.

A helmet, homologated, compulsory , whatever the type of motorized two-wheeler, for the pilot and the passenger. Unless the cycle has a cockpit and one or more seat belts.

It is mandatory to wear proper motorcycle gear. Boots, ankle boots or high shoes, gloves, trousers or coveralls and a long-sleeved jacket compulsory for motorcycles over 50 cc. For mopeds, in addition to the compulsory helmet, a suitable long-sleeved jacket, gloves, trousers and boots are also recommended. Article 36 of the Highway Code.

Driving with a child under 3 years old on a motorbike is prohibited. Between 3 and 8 years old: maximum 125 cc. The child must be helmeted and wear suitable equipment. It must also have a seat or place in a suitable child restraint system. Article 35 of the Highway Code .

The maximum width of a motorcycle must not exceed 1 m.

Drive only on the roadway (in the middle or 2/3) and never on sidewalks, cycle paths, bus lanes or emergency lanes, work zones and special crossable sites. Traffic in the bus lanes is authorized when approaching a change of direction. Each category of motorized two-wheelers has its own specific traffic rules, an overview of which you will find on the mobilite.brussels page

Constantly improve your behavior in the face of obstacles

Slow down sufficiently and anticipate your braking distance when approaching intersections and traffic lights.

Take into account the blind spot of other vehicles.

Cross the tram tracks in a straight line, without braking or accelerating.

Adapt your driving on manholes and speed bumps

Adopt defensive driving

Priorities and Overruns  : keep your distance, make eye contact, use your turn signals and choose the right moment.

Overtaking in traffic jams  : respect a speed differential of 20 km/h compared to other vehicles, and drive at max. 50 km/h.

Distribute your braking force  : 70% front and 30% rear.

Slippery or foggy  road: avoid driving or adjust your speed.

Take care of your equipment

Opt for motorcycle equipment that is clearly visible, with full protection.

Maintain your vehicle  : oil level, profile (depth at least 1.6 mm) and tire pressure, brakes and chain.

Correctly adjust your mirrors and reduce your blind spot.

Opt for a new full-face and homologated helmet (E label) , whatever the type.

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