PRESS RELEASE: Allstate Insurance and the Philadelphia Streets Department Partner to Promote Motorcycle Safety
Installation of permanent signs at two major intersections
Philadelphia, PA – In an effort to help standardize warning signs for motorcycle safety and help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles at dangerous intersections in Philadelphia, Allstate Insurance is donating their new motorcycle warning signs to Philadelphia for permanent installation by the Streets Department at Broad Street and Somerville Avenue and Pulaski and Roberts Avenues. The effort spans more than 30 U.S. cities this year and aims to create a standard sign for motorcycle awareness.
The yellow, diamond-shaped warning sign was created by Allstate following two years of development, which included more than 100 temporary installations in various U.S. cities between 2010 and 2011. The signs were designed to establish a standardized warning device that can be used by any local or state agency and would be recognizable to riders and motorists across the country. Simply reading, “Watch for Motorcycles,” the sign is part of Allstate’s “Once is Never Enough” (ONE) program – an awareness campaign that encourages people to look twice for motorcycles at intersections – and are being donated and installed today in Philadelphia to help prevent motorcycle crashes in the future.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, there were 333 motorcycle crashes documented in Philadelphia in 2010. In 237 of these crashes, another vehicle was involved; 178 (53%) occurred at intersections and 14 (4%) resulted in a fatality.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46% of all multi-vehicle crashes resulting in a fatality for motorcyclists occur at intersections*, oftentimes as a result of a vehicle turning left, impeding the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
“For riders in the Philadelphia area, being seen at intersections should always be top of mind, especially on our crowded roads,” said Allstate spokesperson Chris Conner. “The addition of these motorcycle warning signs will be a great reminder to help keep everyone safe.”
Through its ONE program, Allstate works with local traffic authorities – like PennDOT and the Philadelphia Streets Department – to identify dangerous intersections for riders and then donates warning signs to be permanently installed at the determined locations to increase awareness of motorcycles.
Now in its fourth year, Allstate’s ONE program has evolved from general motorcycle awareness education to installing temporary warning signs at dangerous intersections in more than 30 cities over the past two years to the permanent installations of the new warning signs promoting motorcycle safety.
*The Fatality Analysis Reporting System shows 46 percent of all multi-vehicle motorcycle fatalities (5,746 out of 12,571 fatalities from 2006-2010) occurred at intersections.
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