The weather is warming up and after a cold winter, motorcyclists are gearing up to ride. Motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the roads than motorists, as they lack the protection of enclosed vehicles. Motorcyclists and drivers alike are encouraged to keep an eye out for each other and share the road safely.

Get up to speed about motorcycles:

  • About two thirds of collisions involving motorcycles result in death or injury.
  • From 2012 to 2016, 3,247 motorcycles were involved in casualty collisions.
  • 163 people were killed and 3,356 were injured.
  • 40% of motorcyclists involved in fatal collisions were travelling at unsafe speed.
  • Nearly half of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. Running off the road or following too closely were the most common errors made by motorcyclists.
  • Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes. A rider wearing a helmet is 37% less likely to die than a rider without one.
  • Younger motorcyclists (under the age of 25) are more likely to be involved in casualty collisions than older riders.
  • Most motorcycle collisions occur on dry roads and in urban areas.

Safety tips for motorcyclists:

  • Always drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.
  • Follow all traffic laws and stay focused on the road.
  • Wear a helmet and other protective gear, such as eye protection, a durable jacket, pants, and gloves. Make sure your gear is comfortable and weather-appropriate.
  • Consider taking a motorcycle training course, whether you’re a new rider or an experienced one looking to refresh your knowledge and skills.