Be aware of motorcyclists on the road and give them the space they need.
Whether you’re a hobby rider, commuter, or long distance rider, riding a motorcycle is a popular way Albertan’s travel. But motorcycle safety involves all road users. In a vehicle, a driver can feel invincible – on a bike, a rider is extremely vulnerable.
Facts to Know:
- Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars and often have high-performance capabilities.
- 3,323 motorcyclists were involved in casualty collisions over a 5-year period. These collisions resulted in 153 deaths and 3,440 injuries (2010-2014).
- 42% of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions committed an improper action. More than half of these errors were running off the road or following too closely (2010 – 2014).
- Almost one-fifth of motorcyclists involved in casualty collisions were travelling at a speed too fast for the given conditions. In fatal collisions, nearly half of motorcyclists were travelling at unsafe speeds (2010 – 2014).
- More than two-thirds of collisions involving a motorcycle resulted in death or injury. This compares to approximately one in 10 for all collisions.
- Head injury is a leading cause of death in motorcycle collisions. A rider with a helmet is 37 per cent less likely to die than without one.
- The younger the motorcyclist, the higher the collision rate. Motorcycle riders aged 16 to 17 years had the highest involvement rate per 1,000 licensed motorcyclists (2014).