Calgary, AB,

May is Motorcycle Safety Month

The Calgary Police Service is reminding all motorists to once again share the road with motorcyclists now that warmer weather has returned to the city.

From 2018 to date, there have been 217 motorcycle collisions in Calgary. Of those, 98 involved serious injuries and two were fatal.

Both riders and drivers have a responsibility to ensure everyone is safe on our roads.

Take a look at the following safety tips for operators of both motorcycles and other vehicles:

For motorcycle operators:

  • Adhere to the rules of the road.
  • Stay out of blind spots. Make sure other drivers see you.
  • Be alert at intersections. Make eye contact with other drivers/riders before making your move.
  • Protect yourself with the right gear and wear an approved motorcycle helmet, regardless of temperature or length of trip.
  • Remember that when it comes to other drivers, your speed can be easily misjudged.
  • Ride defensively and make every effort to enhance your visibility.
  • Be aware of what is going on behind you.

For drivers of other vehicles:

  • Adhere to the rules of the road.
  • Share the road – look twice for motorcyclists at intersections or when changing lanes.
  • Never underestimate the speed of a motorcycle. Their size makes their speed deceptive.
  • Always check your blind spot before changing lanes.