- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Last year was the deadliest in decades for Oregon motorcyclists and the death toll for 2016 is matching that pace.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/2a5wNB9 ) 31 motorcyclists died on Oregon roads through July 7, putting the state on pace to match the 60 deaths from last year.

Older riders comprise a growing share of motorcyclists in fatal crashes. In 2004, 18 percent of riders killed were 55 or older, but that increased to 39 percent in 2014.

A spokesman a motorcycle training program based at Oregon State University says that’s partly a demographic shift. Patrick Hahn says fewer young people are riding and baby boomers aren’t giving it up.

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