With warmer spring temperatures around the corner, the provincial government wants to ensure the safety of motorcyclists as they return to the roads.
Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk made the announcement on May 1st, reminding motorists to exercise safe driving and riding practices. He notes that all road users have the right to safely travel on Manitoba roadways.
“It is not only important that motorists watch for motorcycles, but as well that motorcyclists be reminded of their responsibility to maintain that ‘safety bubble’ around them by being visible, maintaining safe traffic separations and riding at speeds appropriate for the unpredictable spring road conditions,” says Carolyn Peters, president, Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups (CMMG).
The Manitoba government will continue working with CMMG and other organizations to promote road safety.
According to Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), 71 per cent of all fatal motorcycle collisions in 2020 were on rural roads. They recommend that motorcyclists:
- Wear the right gear, such as an approved helmet and eye protection
- Ensure you aren’t positioned in any motorists blind spots
- Try to wear brighter colours to enhance visibility
MPI hopes that vehicle drivers remember to look twice before changing lanes, as well as keeping their distance when trailing a motorcyclist, as they may stop faster than other vehicles.
For the full press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.