Last year there were 202 collisions involving motorcycles in Alberta in RCMP jurisdictions, with nearly 10 per cent of the collisions happening in May alone. This is why the RCMP is reminding motorists and motorcyclists alike to exercise safety above all else as motorcycle season kicks into high gear.

Those who are hopping on their motorbikes are required to wear helmets that meet minimum safety requirements and show the date of manufacture; this rule applies to passengers as well. The RCMP is also reminding motorbike enthusiasts that having a proper coat, pants, boots that cover the ankles, gloves, and shatter-proof eyewear, can safety and reduce the risks of injuries in a collision. 

It is also advised that before hitting the open road, one should always do a pre-ride check.

"Look at your fluids, tires, lights/signals, chains, and overall condition of the motorcycle," an RCMP release reads. 

The RCMP also noted that 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. 

“Both regular motorists and motorcyclists have certain responsibilities out on the roads,” explains Insp. Chris Romanchych of Alberta's RCMP Traffic Services. “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.”

Speeding in and out of traffic on a motorcycle is illegal and dangerous. Safe motorcycle handling, and sharing the road responsibly, ensure control and reduces the risk of collision.

Last weekend, a 71-year-old man died after his motorcycle lost control, entered the ditch and rolled on Hwy. 22 north of Redwood Meadows.

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