Drivers urged to watch for motorcyclists as weather warms

Drivers urged to watch for motorcyclists as weather warms

As the weather turns from rainy winter to warmer spring, ICBC is reminding drivers that motorcyclists will be hitting the streets.

ICBC says crashes involving motorcycles increase between May and September, with 212 monthly injuries.

Due to this, ICBC is asking drivers to keep an eye out for motorcyclists on the road to ensure everyone’s safety.

Vancouver Island has the second-highest rate of crashes involving motorcyles in the province, with 22 per cent of the province’s crashes amounting to an average of 198 crashes leading to injury each year. Southern Interior has the highest rate with 28 per cent.

“We know motorcyclists are enthusiastic about seeing our beautiful province by bike and we want to help keep them safe this season,” said Shabnem Afzal, ICBC’s director of road safety.

“As a rider, wear gear every time you ride. Riders and drivers need to stay focused on the road, leave plenty of space, and choose safe speeds to prevent crashes.”

ICBC says six out of every 10 crashes involving a motorcycle happen at intersections, and the top contributing factor to these crashes is distraction. Speed and following too closely are the next most common causes.

“As we embrace the warmer weather and motorcyclists take to the roads, it’s imperative to remain vigilant and aware of our surroundings,” said Mike Farnworth, minister of public safety and solicitor general.

“Let’s work together to promote safe riding practices, enhance visibility, and foster mutual respect among all road users. Together, we can ensure that every journey on two wheels is a safe one.”

Drivers are asked to stay alert in intersections and take an extra moment to check for a motorcyclist before turning. When passing a motorcyclist, you are reminded to leave at least one metre of space or 1.5 metres on a highway and to be ready to yield as it can be difficult to see how fast a motorcyclist is travelling.

Motorcyclists are suggested to take a refresher on how to ride safe if it has been a while since getting on the motorcycle, and view two guides available on learning to ride smart and tuning up for riders. ICBC says protective gear makes it less likely to be seriously injured in the event of a crash so motorcyclists are urged to wear safety gear on every ride.

Additionally, motorcyclists should never assume a driver sees you or will give you the right-of-way.

Laura BroughamLaura Brougham

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