Big Bear, CA, May 3, 2011, noon – Gas prices and temperatures are climbing, and more motorcyclists are riding the roads. The California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers and riders to safely share the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says approximately 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, while the figure for cars is about 20%. Robert Gladden of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation says, “In addition to wearing the proper safety gear, especially a helmet that is certified….to meet Department of Transportation specifications, riders are encouraged to enroll in a training course.” The California Motorcyclist Safety Program offers basic rider courses in Hesperia and Colton, as well as other locations in the Inland Empire. Registration is available by calling 877-RIDE-411 or online at ca-msp.org. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says, “All motorists are reminded to be extra alert when on the road to help keep everyone safe.” During May’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Cal Trans will be displaying this message on highway signs: Share the Road, Look Twice for Motorcyclists.