LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Something many people look forward to with spring weather is hitting the open road on a pair of wheels.

We're starting to see more and more motorcycles on our streets and highways.

Wisconsin's State Patrol is hoping to cut down on motorcycle crashes and fatalities.

Last year, 116 motorcyclists died on the road, the second most in state history.

The State Patrol is declaring May motorcycle awareness month.

"Try to be more aware of it when you're driving, especially in those blind spots, making lane changes, coming up on intersections. Sometimes we're just so used to a car or a truck or a bigger vehicle," said Wisconsin State Trooper Ryan Smith.

Smith said it's very important for motorcyclists to always wear the proper protection, especially helmets.