I'm preparing to relocate to Seattle from Houston, TX within the next month, and I'm wondering, just how dangerous is it to commute on a motorcycle? I've lived in NW Houston all my life, I've neither owned nor desired to own a motorcycle, as you've got to have a death wish to ride around here. The number of drunk drivers is absolutely stupefying. In the last month alone I've had to take extreme evasive action twice (swerving to the point of fish tailing back and forth, slamming brakes to the floor) because of drunks, and I drive around in a BRIGHT ORANGE car. We've already had three head on wrong-way collisions on I-45 this summer. Drivers are extremely aggressive, inattentive, and congestion is starting to become a serious problem (even though we're the urban sprawl capitol of the world.. ) Most of our interstates coming into the city don't have any shoulder at all, and most of the roads in the inner wards are in complete disrepair (you'd get speed wobbles going any faster than 55). Anyways, you get the point, it fucking sucks here. It's a shame too, our riding season is year round (except for August when it's actually dangerous to wear leather, for fear of overheating). tl;dr just how risky is it to ride around Seattle? Obviously traffic awareness and being a able to spot a dumb fuck from a mile away are the most important skills to have, and I am very competent in that regard (Houston has taught me well). Nonetheless will I be at considerable risk, regardless of any skill I may possess, every time I get on the bike? Are drivers generally aware of motorcycles and cyclists? Do any of you fear for your lives daily, for example? I'm a full time student so the savings will make a big difference. I'd also be purchasing a fixed gear bicycle to get to school, so the motorcycle would only be used if i needed to be outside of the Belltown-Downtown-Capitol Hill area, and occasionally for recreation on back roads outside of the city. I am 18, but not an idiot; I have no desire to scream down highways or do wheelies, and wouldn't be riding anything bigger than a 250cc (MPG is important). I really just hate having a car/car insurance and would like to avoid that at all costs. I absolutely would be taking the MSF course, and have seen enough horrifying crashes in my short life to know just how dangerous the roads are, even in a cage. EDIT: I'll have access to a car if I really need it, so I won't be buying one regardless if I choose to take up riding. I guess that was some pretty important information I left out there, sorry.