According to a study by the University of British Columbia, more older riders are getting injured in crashes in that province, while younger riders are staying healthier.
The study says hospitalization costs for older male motorcyclists rose by 60 per cent between 2001 and 2010. The researchers found motorcycle-related hospitalization rate for males age 45 to 74 increased significantly from 18.4 to 36.0 per 100 000 population in that time period, while the rate for both younger and older female riders did not change significantly.
Younger male riders (aged 20 to 44 years old) saw a 22 per cent drop in hospitalization rates in that time. They also spent less time in hospital when injured.
Another interesting find of the study – researches found crashes tended to be in less urbanized area of the province, instead of busy city intersections.
The study’s recommendation? Thankfully, it wasn’t to ban bikes. They say there’s a need for “an evidence-based injury prevention initiative targeting older male motorcycle riders.” They think doctors could be a big part of this, although that doesn’t sound like it would work.
Our take on it? It’s interesting, for sure. For one thing, it seems to go against the line we’re told by insurance companies: “Young riders are dangerous, so we charge them more.” Or, maybe the drop is just because there are fewer young riders out there now? Or maybe it’s something else. Could younger riders simply be riding safer bikes, with ABS and better handling, and wearing proper helmets and gear?
You can read the study for yourself in the BC Medical Journal.