A fatal motorcycle crash this week is raising awareness about motorcycle safety.
With summer weather here, many people are dusting off motorcycles for the riding season.
Motorcycle awareness month starts tomorrow and whether you’re on two wheels or four this summer, safety experts are asking you do so down and take your time.
About a dozen new riders were at the Camosun College parking lot this morning, taking a motorcycle safety course.
It’s a course that’s not required by law, but one these new riders say it’s a lesson they would never go without.
“We really work at doing our part and making sure we’re doing it right, driving where we’re supposed to be, and we’re conspicuous,” says instructor Darlene Duncan.
But there is only so much riders can do. Safety experts say those behind the wheel also bear the responsibility of keeping riders protected.
“Quite often you’ll hear a driver say we didn’t see them,” says Duncan.
That would appear to be what happened when 54 year old Andre Blignaut of Duncan was killed when he was struck by a car while riding in Nanaimo last week.
Family members say Blignault was a rider who tried to do everything right.
With riding season here, experts are asking all drivers to take their time and double check before changing lanes or pulling in to traffic.
Those extra few seconds may well save a life.
“Part of the thing with a motorcycle is because its small, people don’t really process how fast it’s moving. And generally when they’re on the road, they’re looking for two headlights and a car. So they misjudge the speed of the motorcycle and how fast it is coming.”