Brazil: A Look At The State Of The Motorcycle World There
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Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
Brazil is one of the emerging markets, together with high powered countries like Russia, India and China (the BRIC countries), that is increasing its wealth. And with increased wealth for its population, you always see a dramatic increase in the number of vehicles. Cars and motorcycles become a symbol of wealth.
And with the increase of cars and motorcycles comes that other symbol of increased wealth; deadly traffic accidents. It's really a simple mathematical formula, the more vehicles, the higher the accident rates. it's all got to do with volume.
Brazil doesn't escape this, and if you add to this the Latin factor which makes most people love speed, cars, noise and engines and you get a set of statistics that will make your neck hairs raise.
Between 2001 and 2011, the number of deadly accidents in Brazil increased by 40%! Just in 2011 alone there were 43,256 fatalities. But if you narrow down these figures, the rise in motorcycle deaths in astounding; from 2001 and 2011, the death rate increased by 263%!!!! No, not a typo, that's two hundred and sixty three. 11,268 bikers died in 2011.
And the problem is only getting worse. During 2012, 3.8 million new vehicles were sold, and increase of 5% over 2011. More and more cars and motorcycles mingle in an already deadly traffic pattern? Infrastructures are not evolving as rapidly, which is one explanation of all these problems. The roads are just not able to handle not only the large numbers, but also the speeds.
© AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba
There are practically no motorcycle-only lanes, and where they do exist, they are overrun by cars. Governments are attempting to reduce these deadly figures, but often are restricted to knee-jerk reactions, like banning motorcycles from certain roads (Sao Paulo in 2010). One good thing was that the government reduced the taxes on safety equipment for bikers.
So it looks like Brazil is suffering from growing up pains. Becoming wealthy has its price, and the price is deadly.
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