Alberta RCMP send road safety reminders to motorcyclists

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Spring is here, and that means you can expect to see more motorcycles on our provincial roads.

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Alberta RCMP remind Class 6 license holders of key road safety practices before they get on their bikes and ride.

Last year, there were 202 collisions involving motorcycles in RCMP jurisdiction, including 20 in May alone. By offering the following advice, the Alberta RCMP hopes to reduce this number in 2022.

Put on your gear

Drivers and passengers must wear helmets that meet minimum safety requirements and show the date of manufacture. Wearing an appropriate coat, pants, boots that cover the ankles, gloves and shatterproof goggles will also improve safety and reduce the risk of injury in the event of a collision.

Make a list and double check it

Before getting on a bike, always do a pre-ride check. Look at your fluids, tires, lights/signals, chains and general condition of the motorcycle. See 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 other vehicles to throw gravel or rocks unexpectedly. Maintain a safe distance to avoid flying debris.

Stay in sight

Being small, it is important that motorcycles 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 riding and responsible sharing of the road provide control and reduce the risk of collision.

Nobody likes a show-off

A motorcycle is a high performance vehicle – just because your motorcycle can do it doesn’t mean it has to. Slow down on unfamiliar roads and don’t feel like you have to keep up with other more experienced drivers.

“Both regular motorists and motorcyclists have certain responsibilities on the roads,” says Insp. Chris Romanchych of Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Whether on two or four wheels, we all have a role to play in keeping our streets and highways safe. Together we can make this motorcycle season a safe one.

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