Commonwealth of Virginia’s Motorcycle Safety Proclamation

IRVINE, Calif., May 16, 2024 — Governor Youngkin signed a proclamation declaring May as Virginia Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Virginia is home to a large motorcycle community, with more than 400,000 licensed riders across the Commonwealth. 

“As the weather gets warmer, more riders are taking to the roadways,” said Scott Schloegel, acting President & CEO of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Motorcycle Industry Council. “It is vital that everyone on the roads –riders and drivers alike- look out for one another. Motorcycles have a smaller profile and can vanish in a car’s blind spots, looking twice can help save a life. Riders must also do their part, riding as visible as possible, wearing all the gear all the time, and getting the proper training. As a Virginia resident and rider myself, I truly appreciate Governor Youngkin’s leadership in raising motorcycle safety awareness.”

At local, state, and federal levels, officials have introduced resolutions and proclamations to help keep motorcycle safety top of mind for everyone on the road and at the forefront of conversation with policymakers. U.S. House Resolution 1179 is among several acknowledgments the MSF Government Relations team secured in 2024. Here is a collection of some of the proclamations from across the country:

State of Michigan Proclamation, State of Minnesota Proclamation, City of Raton, New Mexico Proclamation, State of North Dakota Proclamation, and State of West Virginia Proclamation.  

Safety tips, booklets, and other reference materials are available at the Motorcycle Safety Foundation website, For those looking to learn to ride, earn their license, or brush up on riding skills, take a hands-on safety class. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, the country’s leading safety resource and advocate for motorcyclists, offers courses for riders of every experience level. The MSF’s Basic RiderCourse is among the best ways to learn to ride and get licensed.