Motorcycle season is here once again and RCMP is providing reminders motorcyclists to ensure a safe spring and summer on roadways.
In 2021, there were 202 motorcycle collisions in RCMP jurisdictions with 20 in the month of May alone.
Some friendly reminders for Class 6 license holders, to ensure it is a safe season include:
Get on your gear: Both riders and passengers must wear helmets that meet minimum safety requirements and show the date of manufacture. Wearing a proper coat, pants, boots that cover the ankles, gloves, and shatter-proof eyewear will also improve safety and reduce the risks of injuries in a collision.
Make a list and check it twice: Always do a pre-ride check. Look at your fluids, tires, lights/signals, chains, and overall condition of the motorcycle. Refer to the Alberta Transportation Rider’s Guide for a checklist.
Heads up: Not only can excess debris and sand from the winter months affect tire traction and motorcycle handling, but it can also cause loose gravel or rocks to be unexpectedly thrown by other vehicles. Maintain a safe following distance to avoid flying debris.
Stay in sight: It is important for motorcycles to stay in sight of larger vehicles and avoid blind spots.
No weaving or speeding: Speeding in and out of traffic on a motorcycle is illegal and dangerous. Safe motorcycle handling, and sharing the road responsibly, ensure control and reduce the risk of collision.
No one likes a show-off: A motorcycle is a high-performance vehicle but just because your bike can do it, doesn’t mean your bike should do it. Slow down on unfamiliar roadways and do not feel that you have to keep up with other, more experienced riders.
Inspector Chris Romanchych with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services says, “Both regular motorists and motorcyclists have certain responsibilities out on the roads. Two wheels or four wheels, we all have a role to play in upholding traffic safety on our streets and highways. Together we can make this motorcycle season a safe one.”