Transportation Minister Ric McIver issued the following statement marking Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month:
“Now that the weather has warmed up and the snow has finally melted, it’s time for Albertans to think about motorcycle safety.
“I love riding, and look forward to the beginning of each motorcycle season – especially this year after being stuck inside for so long. But while we crave the freedom of the open highway, it’s important to remember that everyone needs to do their part to keep motorcyclists safe on the road.
“May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and I would like to remind all motorists of the role they play in keeping motorcyclists safe. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles are often hard to see and require extra room to prevent serious accidents. When motorcycles crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and are more likely to be injured or killed. In a typical year, about 30 motorcyclists die and more than 600 are injured on Alberta roads.
“Drivers should keep motorcyclists in mind when changing lanes, making left turns or following close behind.
“Riders can protect themselves by monitoring road and gravel conditions, manoeuvring with caution and always wearing appropriate protective gear.
“When riders and drivers are respectful and look out for each other, motorcycle season is safer for everyone.”